Actor Rory Cowan has linked reports of a number of nightly attacks in Dublin to the pedestrianization of the capital’s streets.
Mr Cowan was reacting to the speech over reports of an attack on a gay couple earlier in August.
The couple had spent an evening in Rue Capel on August 2 and while they were waiting to receive a Luas at their home, one of the men was attacked and the other threatened.
Responding to the incident report, one person tweeted: “How many stories of people being attacked in Dublin at night will it take for authorities to recognize that our city has a serious problem with large gangs of young people? that cause trouble for no reason, and actually do something about it? ‘
Mr Cowan stepped into the conversation and suggested that reports of nighttime attacks in the capital are linked to pedestrianization in some areas.
He wrote: “When you walk the streets, that’s what happens. Groups of people who are doing no good now have places to gather.
“We saw it in Sth William Street and now we see it around Capel Street. It is not a coincidence.
This week, the pedestrianization of Capel Street made headlines, as Dublin City Council said it plans to end the current process of pedestrianization of the street.
After a major backlash from business owners on the streets and members of the public using the facilities there, the council agreed to extend the process by four weeks.
There are still calls for the pedestrianization of rue Capel to be permanent, such was the success of the pilot project throughout the summer.