The Kerry public has been urged to be vigilant in light of alleged incidents of professional begging in the run-up to Christmas.
Members of the public reported a number of young men on the street – allegedly seeking money and sustenance in a non-confrontational manner – in Tralee this past weekend.
Speaking on the Talkabout programme, Cllr Terry O’Brien said sadly some of those on the street may be professional beggars – a practice which is illegal.
He says this can play on people’s emotions, especially at this time of year:
Cllr Dónal Grady said a hard-line had been taken against any such practice in Killarney in the past.
He said people should be vigilant if money is sought instead of food: