33 arrests linked to bicycle theft in Dublin

Vandalised and partly stolen bicycles in Dublin's Docklands

Vandalised and partly stolen bicycles in Dublin's Docklands

Vandalised and partly stolen bicycles in Dublin’s Docklands

Gardai tackling bicycle theft arrested 33 people and secured over 20 convictions last month.

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.”

I am editor of IrishCycle.com and have reported on and commented on cycling in Ireland for over a decade. My background is in journalism -- I have a BA in Journalism from DCU and HDip in Print Journalism from BCFE. I wrote about cycling for national newspapers, and then started CyclingInDublin.com for overflow stories. Later the website was re-branded to reflect a more national focus.


  1. Maybe we all should send thank you and congratulations to guards so they will feel a little love from the cycling community and reflect that back with more vigilance. It won’t solve the problem but it might make it a little bit better

  2. Good to know that they are catching some of the Thief’s,it is a good deterrent that if they think they will be caught they will think twice about it.

  3. Definitely good to see An Garda taking bike theft seriously

  4. Congratulations to the Gardai for this effort to tackle bicycle crime. We could certainly do with something like this in Fingal where there is serious bike theft at train stations.

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