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Gardaí must be freed up to fight crime - Ó Snodaigh

6 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has condemned the killing of two people in the Walkinstown area of Dublin last night.  Deputy Ó Snodaigh called for the immediate implementation of Sinn Féin’s proposals for civilianisation of the Gardaí to free up Gardaí from administrative tasks and redeploy them into the fight against crime.

Speaking today he said, “The killing of two men in the Walkinstown area last night shows the callous disregard for life in the Dublin crime scene.  This is exactly why Sinn Féin has been calling on the Gardaí to make serious drug and gun crime their top priority in the coming year.

“I am calling on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to immediately implement Sinn Féin’s proposals for the civilianisation of the Gardaí.  This would free up Gardaí from administrative tasks and allow them to be redeployed into the fight against crime. 

“Our proposals have been reflected in the latest report from the Garda inspectorate who I met during the week to discuss time frames for implementation.” ENDS

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