Woman criticizes ‘authoritarian’ Gardaí for preventing young people from meeting outdoors
A woman from Ranelagh in Dublin criticized Gardaí for his “tough” tactics towards young people drinking outside.
Aisling de Ranelagh says people are welcome to meet outside where it is safer, but are then moved.
She said Lunchtime Live the bylaws should be amended to reflect current circumstances.
“I have the feeling that young people are really abused in any type of social life.
“A year ago all the universities were closed before the country was completely locked down – so since March of last year the kids haven’t had any universities.
“Then when the take-out pints came in, and they tried to go out and have a take-out pint in a park or whatever, I understand – just from my own kids – that the police were incredibly harsh.
She said that a few months ago, when her children tried to go out, the Gardaí arrived “immediately”.
“By the way, I think the young people did an absolutely fantastic job protecting the older generation – they did what they were asked to do, they stayed home.
“And then when take-out pints were brought in and they tried to go out and get take-out pints … they were immediately sent home by the guards.”
“And, by the way, they had to pour those pints down the drain before they got home – so didn’t even get a chance to bring them home.”
She said she believed the police around these issues were getting “more and more severe.
“So much so that in our region – which is Dublin 6 – last weekend the universities were on their last day, the exams were over.
“And when the kids came down trying to get some pints to go, the guards came in very force.
“Law enforcement vans were lined up on the Clonskeagh road, and the children were driven from the Dodder – where they stood along the green space there – to the Clonskeagh road, the helicopter Garda was flying over.
“And I’m just asking the question: what are young people supposed to do?”
“ It was time for them to have a break ”
Aisling said she was aware some people have recently complained about noise and litter.
“But in reality, because the guards are chasing them, they don’t even have a chance to pick up their trash.
“They are literally being chased by the guards.”
And she said the authorities’ advice is that external events are safe.
“We are constantly told that socializing outside is safe, the government is introduction of outdoor catering and drink outdoors for the summer.
“I understand the rules will be changed to allow this to happen.
“There is no difference between drinking out on the streets in Dalkey and drinking outside The Dropping Well, or drinking outside Farmer Browns.
She said the regulations need to be changed: “Regulations have been presented as a matter of public order going back years, to different times.
“I think young people have been extremely responsible and extremely good at protecting those of us who are older – and I think it’s high time they had a break.”