Residents threaten traffic chaos at U2 gig over alleged brothels in inner city area

​A group of inner city residents have expressed their concerns over a number of premises they allege are operating​ as brothels in their local community - reports dublinlive.

And they're threatening to cause traffic chaos during next month's U2 concert at Croke Park by holding a protest along Dorset Street to highlight the issue.

Last week, residents from Dublin 1 staged a protest about premises they claim are brothels masquerading as legitimate businesses.

The locals allege that there are up to nine brothels operating in the area, and they say they are fed up with such business going on in their neighbourhood.

Mother-of-three Norma Sullivan told Dublin Live that she wasn't happy at the thought of such businesses operating in a residential area.

She said: "These places say they have certain opening hours, but I've seen people coming and going from them at two or three in the morning, long after they're supposed to be closed.

"Whatever adults want to do in their own time is fine, but you're bringing this kind of business into an area where people have kids and families."

Another protester, who didn't give his name, said residents had contacted Gardai over their claims, but that they were told there was nothing they could do about the problem.

He said: "The Gardai have been as helpful as they can, but the legal mechanisms aren't there for them to go undercover and see what's going on.

"The places in question are operating as legitimate businesses, so the Gardai can't go in and search them or anything."

Local Fianna Fail councillor Brian Mohan told Dublin Live that the residents would seek to scale-up their action by holding a during U2 gig at Croke Park on July 22.

He said: "The plan is to spread the word ahead of the U2 concert and get more residents from places where these businesses are operating involved.

"If traffic on Dorset Street is brought to a standstill when everyone's trying to get into the stadium, it might bring some more attention to the issue."

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