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493. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Justice and Equality his plans to update the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2003; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24857/18]

Answer

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The main purpose of the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2003 is to provide the Garda Síochána with additional powers to deal with late night street violence and anti-social conduct attributable to excessive drinking. It does this by providing for the closure of premises such as pubs, off licenses, late night clubs and food premises where there is disorder or noise on or close to the premises, as well as the making of exclusion orders on individuals convicted of a range of public order offences, in addition to any penalty they might receive under the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 1994.
While the Public Order Acts are kept under continual review, I have no plans at present to update the Criminal Justice (Public Order) Act 2003.