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173. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding the concerns of residents in Dublin 13; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25405/15]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I have forwarded the correspondence referred to by the Deputy to the Garda authorities for their direct consideration and attention. Insofar as the concerns expressed relate to alleged criminal offences, full details of such matters should, of course, be provided to An Garda Síochána for investigation.
Addressing local community concerns in relation to public order and anti-social behaviour is a key focus in An Garda Síochána's National Community Policing Model and a range of strong legislative provisions are available to an An Garda Síochána in this regard, including provisions under the Criminal Damage Act 1991, Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994, the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2003, and the Intoxicating Liquor Acts 2003 and 2008.
The Deputy will appreciate that issues relating to noise nuisance come within the remit of my colleague the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. I am advised that a person experiencing noise nuisance may contact their local authority, which may initiate proceedings on grounds of noise nuisance under the Environmental Protection Agency Act 1992. This Act also provides for any person, or group of persons, to seek an order in the District Court to have noise giving reasonable cause for annoyance abated. The procedures involved have been simplified to allow action to be taken without legal representation. A public information leaflet, "A Guide to the Noise Regulations", is available on the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government's website: http://www.environ.ie/en/Environment/Noise/
The Deputy may also wish to note that insofar as the issues raised relate to the management of multi-unit complexes, section 23 of the Multi-Unit Developments Act 2011 provides that an owners' management company may make House Rules for the effective operation and maintenance of the multi-unit development. The Rules may make provision for the recovery by the owners' management company from any person of the reasonable cost of remedying a breach of the rules.