The National Crime Council has found that a quarter of public order offences take place on Dublin's main street.

Between 1996 and 2001 the number of public order offenses in Ireland increased by 161 per cent.

Chairman of the National Crime Council Padraic White says that although the offences may be classed as relatively minor, they instill fear in people,

People vomiting in the streets, urinating in the streets, drunk walking through traffic, being noisy, argumentative...

Minister for Justice Michael McDowell does not agree with labelling certain streets as dangerous,

The streets are the people’s property, and we can’t adopt a kind of a siege mentality, or simply abandon our streets to those people in our society who want to create disorder on them.

Around a quarter of offences take place on O'Connell Street, Dublin.

On the street itself, there were mixed views. According to one older man,

You’re not safe...there’s everything going on around.

While a younger man didn’t agree with this perception of the street,

I don’t think it’s too bad, it gets hyped to bits in the newspapers...

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 9 May 2003. The reporter is Orla O’Donnell.