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Tourist Assistance Office for victims of crime opens in Pearse Street Garda Station

On the 16th June 2016

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The Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS) which offers immediate support and assistance to visitors to the country who become victims of crime opened a satellite office in Pearse Street Garda Station on the 16th June 2016. ITAS which has assisted over 14,000 tourist crime victims since its inception will operate from the station 7 days a week.

The service offered is be free and confidential and will include emotional support and practical assistance including help with obtaining Emergency Travel Documents from embassies, rescheduling travel plans with airlines, accessing funds and complimentary accommodation, meals and transport in emergency situations.

Lisa Kennedy, Chief Executive of ITAS said “we are delighted to be operating from Pearse Street Garda Station. Falling victim to crime while abroad can be very traumatic and tourists can be quite vulnerable. Being able to access immediate support and assistance is crucial for tourists as they have very specific needs and challenges. The comprehensive service provided by ITAS allows many tourists to continue with their holiday plans with 90% on average doing so. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Gardaí in Pearse Street for inviting the service into the station. It is indicative of An Garda Síochána’s dedication to victims of crime”.

Commenting on the opening of the office, Joe Gannon, Superintendent Pearse Street Garda Station said “we are delighted with the partnership between the Station and the Irish Tourist Assistance Service which underlines the Gardaí’s commitment to victims of crime. While Dublin is a safe city for tourists and welcomes millions of visitors each year, tourists in the capital are prime targets and it makes sense for the service to be available at the station”.

The Service will operate from 10am-6pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday and Public Holidays from 12pm – 6pm and can be contacted on 1890 365 700 / 087-6575838

Photograph:
Inspector Liam Geraghty, Pearse Street, Lisa Kennedy, Chief Executive Officer ITAS and Superintendent Joseph Gannon, Pearse Street Garda Station