Pearse Street Garda Station has opened its doors to a new satellite office for the Irish Tourist Assistance Service (ITAS), which offers practical assistance such as help with obtaining emergency travel documents from embassies, rescheduling travel plans with airlines, accessing funds and complementary accommodation, meals and transport in emergency situations.

On thanking the Gardaí in Pearse Street for inviting the service into the station, Lisa Kennedy, ITAS Chief Executive, said the comprehensive service allows many tourists to continue with their holiday plans with 90 per cent on average electing to do so. Having assisted over 14,000 tourist crime victims since its inception, ITAS will operate a free and confidential service seven days a week.

Supt Joe Gannon, Pearse St Garda Station, said the partnership 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 vulnerable targets and it makes sense for the service to be available at the station,” he added.

Operating from 10am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and Sunday and public holidays from 12pm to 6pm, ITAS can be contacted on 1890-365-700 or 087-6575838.