ORGANISED begging in the city has reduced significantly in recent weeks, according to Gardaí and local traders.
Since before Christmas, there has been an issue in the city of organised begging with some people flying in from Romania with return tickets to beg on Cork streets.
A Garda source has said they have seen a reduction in organised begging in recent weeks, however they are continuing to focus and proactively target the problem with success.
Cork Business Association chief executive Lawrence Owens also said it has been extremely noticeable that organised begging has reduced in the city and congratulated the the Garda on their work.
“It is to be welcomed. I know the gardaí are staying on top of that and it is very positive. There has certainly been a significant improvement. We congratulate the gardaí on their work and we hope that it will continue.”
Mr Owens said the problem of organised begging in the city was a cause for concern for businesses as well as members of the public.
“There are people on the streets through no fault of their own, begging and that is a natural thing in any city, but when it comes into the structured, organised, business type of element and it invades people’s space as they go up and down the street that is what the concern is of not alone businesses but of the public and we are delighted that the guards have taken steps to try and improve that and it has worked so far.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the summer, Mr Owens said the current good weather was putting a spring in everyone’s step and he hoped it would continue in the coming months.
“Hopefully the good weather will continue which will be good for trade, particularly summer and spring wear, which have been on the shelves for a long time because of the weather.
“Now is a fantastic time for businesses from sun hats to suncream right across to beach wear. I think the weather brings a positive mentality to people.”