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Limerick shooting highlights need for Garda civilianisation – Ó Snodaigh

9 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has condemned the latest gun murder of a man in Limerick yesterday evening and has once again called on Justice Minister Brian Lenihan to initiate a robust programme of civilianisation of administrative Garda tasks and re-deploy fully trained Gardaí into the fight against crime.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Week in week out people are being shot and killed on our streets with criminal gangs showing absolutely no fear or regard for the law.

"The latest shooting in Limerick happened in a relatively small area which has witnessed half a dozen shootings in the past week.

"In the meantime we have Gardaí, fully trained to fight crime, working on administrative tasks that could be done by civilians. This is unacceptable. These Gardaí are needed for the fight against crime and should be re-deployed.

"Sinn Féin has called for a robust programme of civilianisation within the Gardaí and I have repeated this call to Minister Lenihan in the wake of the double murder in Walkinstown last Friday night.

"Our proposals have been mirrored in the latest report from the Garda Inspectorate and, if implemented, Sinn Féin's proposals could free up approximately 4,000 Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime.

"How many more people have to be killed before the Minister acts? If he is serious about combating the serious criminals in our society then he must free up the Gardaí to do it." ENDS

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