September 3, 2021
Today, Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Alison Gilliland, announced that they will Chair the Dublin City High Level Street Issues Group. This group comprises senior leaders from Dublin City Council including the Director of the City Recovery Taskforce, An Garda Siochana, Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, Health Services Executive and the Ana Liffey Drug Project.
The group was originally established following the 2011 publication of the Better City for All Strategy to promote a more co-ordinated approach to issues related to public nuisances on the streets of the city.
Speaking of her role the Lord Mayor said,
“I’ve had various meetings regarding the public’s experiences on our city-centre streets and this is a response to their concerns. I don’t believe in reinventing the wheel but rather using structures, such as this high level group, that are already in place and building on work already done. It will be my responsibility to lead this group and promote strong ongoing co-ordination between our statutory agencies who have responsibility for keeping our city-centre accessible, welcoming and safe.
The Lord Mayor continued:
Through this high level group we will strive for a co-ordinated public health approach to those engaging in on-street substance misuse and a holistic case-management approach to those who find themselves homeless and living on our streets. We will also seek to engender a sense of collective societal responsibility for a safe, clean, accessible, and attractive public realm in the capital city of Ireland.”