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493. Deputy Pa Daly asked the Minister for Justice the number of public order arrests in May 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021, in tabular form. [32924/21]

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Minister for Justice (Deputy Heather Humphreys): I am informed by the Garda authorities that Gardaí deploy a wide range of operational measures aimed at tackling public-order offences and anti-social behaviour in all contexts. The legal framework which assists the Gardaí in tackling this type of crime includes provisions under the Criminal Damage Act 1991; the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994; the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2003; and the Intoxicating Liquor Acts 2003 and 2008.
The Garda authorities have provided me with the table below which outlines the number of public order arrests during May of each year requested, as recorded on the PULSE system as at 17 June 2021:

Year 2018 2019 2020 2021
Number of arrests 1,919 1,996 2,094 1,663