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Health & safety

Dangers & annoyances

Dublin’s city centre is generally safe, even if petty crime of the bag-snatching, pickpocketing and car-break-in variety can be a low- to mid-level irritant. Be sensible: guard your belongings, don’t leave anything in your car and consider the use of supervised car parks for overnight parking. Remember also that insurance policies often don’t cover losses from cars.

The only consistent trouble in Dublin is alcohol-related: where there are pubs and clubs there are worse-for-wear revellers looking to get home and/or get laid, and sometimes the frustrations of getting neither can result in a trip to the casualty department of the nearest hospital – hospitals are clogged to bursting with drink-related cases throughout the weekend.

The area north of Gardiner St, O’Connell St and Mountjoy Sq is not especially salubrious – gangs of disaffected youths and drug addicts on the make are a recipe for trouble and sometimes violence.