Dáil Éireann - Volume 409 - 19 June, 1991

Written Answers. - Public Indecency Offence.

53. Mr. R. Bruton asked the Minister for Justice whether it has been drawn to his attention that urinating in the public streets is becoming a considerable problem; when fines for this act were last reviewed; and the level at which they now stand.

Minister for Justice (Mr. Burke): I am informed by the Garda authorities that they are not aware that the behaviour referred to by the Deputy is becoming a considerable problem. It does not in itself constitute an offence — unless an offence such as public indecency is established — and consequently the question of a fine does not arise.

Where public indecency is involved prosecutions can be taken in accordance with section 5 of the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Amendment Act, 1871, which provides for a fine of £5 or two months imprisonment or section 18 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1935. The penalties for an offence under the [2417] latter section were increased by section 18 of the Criminal Law (Rape) (Amendment) Act, 1990. The penalties are currently a fine not exceeding £500 or up to six months imprisonment or both.