Gardaí in Dundalk are set to clamp down on aggressive street begging.
The move comes after a woman was brought before the courts in relation to the public order offence last week.
According to the Dundalk Democrat, her case is now set to be adjourned until July. A Garda spokesman said:
"While the act of begging isn't illegal, the growing trend of threatening and aggressive behaviour certainly is and we are keen to curtail it as soon as possible.
"In this particular case, we were satisfied that a line had been crossed and the woman in question is set to be processed using the appropriate channels.
"It is important that anyone who is subjected to this kind of behaviour, or observes it, notifies authorities. Only then can we press ahead with stamping out this type of offence."