The arrests were made as part of Operation Spoke, which last came into effect in central Dublin on February 11 and 12. The 33 arrests resulted in 39 charges and 21 convictions, according to the minister for justice Alan Shatter.
“I am informed by the Garda authorities that Operation Spoke is an operation conducted within the Bridewell Garda District for specific periods of time on an ongoing basis. It was last put into effect on 11 and 12 February, 2014. I am further informed that Operation Spoke has resulted in 33 arrests resulting in 39 charges and 21 convictions,” said minister Shatter in a written Dail reply.
The reply added: “The main objective of the operation is to ensure a high visibility Garda presence in the District in order to prevent the unauthorised taking of bicycles. Local Gardaí also provide advice to members of the public on bicycle security and encourage them to register their bicycles.”
The Dail reply was to a question asked by Tommy Broughan, a Labour TD for Dublin North East.
Broughan had asked: “If [the minister] will report on Garda Operation Spoke; the number of persons arrested and charged to date as part of this operation; the number of successful convictions obtained to date; and if he will indicate if the operation is still live.”