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112. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Justice and Equality If she will provide additional resources to An Garda Síochána in Tallaght in Dublin 24 to facilitate effective action to tackle criminal activity which is occurring in Bohernabreena Cemetery; her views on the concern of many concerning this; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [34784/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is responsible for the distribution of personnel including Community Gardaí among the Garda Regions, Divisions, and Districts. Garda management keep this distribution under continual review in the context of crime trends and policing priorities so as to ensure that the best possible use is made of resources.
I am informed by the Garda Commissioner that there have been four crime incidents of ‘thefts from unattended vehicles’, recorded as having occurred at Bohernabreena Cemetery, Tallaght since January, 2015.
I am advised that the area in question is regularly policed by uniform and neighbourhood policing units, as well as the District Detective Unit and the District Drug Unit. The area has also been highlighted as a patrol area under Operation Irene, an operation established to counteract incidents of anti-social behaviour, associated with alcohol consumption in public areas and open spaces frequently used by young people. Community Gardaí are currently liaising with South Dublin County Council to have CCTV erected at the cemetery in an effort to combat the issue of thefts in the area.
I am further informed that Garda Management is satisfied that a full and comprehensive policing service is being delivered to the communities in the area concerned.