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Lenihan must free up Gardaí to fight crime – Ó Snodaigh

8 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on Justice Minister Brian Lenihan to free up approximately 4,000 Gardaí from administrative duties and re-deploy them into the fight against crime. Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh welcomed the announcement that Gardaí 'may' be given extra resources to fight serious crime but said what is actually needed is a robust civilianisation of the Gardaí.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Sound proposals for the civilianisation of administrative Garda tasks have been made by both Sinn Féin and the Garda Inspectorate. If implemented Sinn Féin's proposal would free up approximately 4,000 fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime.

"However, the Justice Minister Brian Lenihan continues to drag his feet. His response to the killings in Walkinstown on Friday night - that he 'may' free up more Gardaí to fight crime - is welcome but does not go far enough.

"What is required is a full frontal attack on serious drug and gun crime. If the Minister is serious about tackling the serious criminals in our society then he must free up the Gardaí to do it." ENDS

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