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Sinn Féin call for citywide non-Garda phoneline for drug crime reporting - Ó Snodaigh

22 September, 2007

Speaking ahead of Monday’s special briefing by Assistant Garda Commissioner Al McHugh to Dublin’s Joint Policing Committee (JPC) on the city’s escalating gangland violence Sinn Féin Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has urged that the party’s motion for a non-Garda phoneline be supported by all members of the JPC.


Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:


“Dublin’s JPC will convene earlier than usual on Monday to accommodate a special briefing from Assistant Garda Commissioner Al McHugh on the escalating gangland violence in this city.


“I intend to ask the Assistant Commissioner to to give an account of the Gardaí's current approach to tackling gangland and drug-related crime in terms of the level of resources allocated to this undertaking as compared with other Garda tasks. 


“I will be demanding from him an increase in resources for the Garda Drugs Unit so as to ensure the upward trends in seizures are sustained and enhanced. We also need more visible and targeted Garda patrols in areas experiencing chronic public drug-dealing


“Following the Assistant Commissioner’s briefing the Sinn Fein delegation (including Criona Ní Dhálaigh and Larry O’Toole) will urge JPC members to support our motion calling for the establishment of a widely advertised, citywide non-Garda phoneline to receive confidential reports of drug-related crime from the public.


“This phoneline would be based on the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing initiative which was successfully piloted in Blanchardstown last year.


“A lot of work has yet to be done in the area of trust building between the Gardaí and communities. In the interim a non Garda phoneline is an innovative way to facilitate serious crime reporting.” CRíOCH



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