Fianna Fail’s Eddie Mulligan says he’s received reports from members of the community about gangs of youths who it’s alleged are creating an intimidating atmosphere in the City Centre.
Councillor Mulligan says a number of issues have been brought to his attention.
“The types of ASB incidents reported to me are of very large groups, of 30 to 60 threatening teenagers, gathering in the City Centre, late in the evening. Not only are these gatherings causing a nuisance, to the City’s food outlets. A significant number of individuals are verbally abusing passersby. Kicking footballs and throwing objects at members of the public. They are even engaging in fighting and I have no doubt that these are pre-arranged fights! In addition, there are incidents of smoking, underage alcohol consumption and illegal drug taking.
I have passed these groups myself, with my family. We to have felt very intimidated. As they openly insult each other and fight amongst themselves. The air is thick with vile language and nasty vocabulary, which is not suitable for younger children to observe. I have also witnessed the Gardaí react, when called and disperse these youths, sometimes with great difficulty.