OPW confirm its continued commitment to manage and present St Stephen’s Green Park as a first class amenity.

12 September 16

The Office of Public Works today (9 September 2016) confirmed its continued commitment to manage and present St Stephen’s Green Park as a first class amenity.  Unfortunately unauthorised access outside the Park's normal opening hours is an issue.  Despite the Park's historic railings, its difficult to secure its perimeter, which extends to 2km, from determined or desperate intruders.  Unfortunately, drug use and homelessness are two major social issues that not only effect the day to day management of this popular Park but also the City Centre.

A team of OPW staff continually clean out all shrubberies within St. Stephen’s Green Park on a daily basis, searching all areas for sharps and debris which is removed immediately e.g., a trailer load (in excess of 20 Green Household Wheelie Bins) of debris including drug paraphernalia, sleeping bags, cardboard, canisters etc. was removed from the Park, last Monday.

The Gardai and Park Constables actively patrol the Green during opening hours while a security company monitors the green during out of hours.  Preventative measures such as the pruning of shrubberies are regularly undertaken as well as ongoing discussions with the Gardai.  Unfortunately, this is a city wide problem.

The system of inspection and clearance of debris by the OPW has been successful to date. St Stephen’s Green Park attracts over 6 million visitors annually and the OPW continue to ensure public safety at this top class amenity.

-ENDS-

For further information, please contact Barry Nangle OPW Press Office at 087 147 0617 or email barry.nangle@opw.ie