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Greater co-operation between PSNI and Gardaí needed to tackle serious crime – Sinn Féin

12 December, 2007


Sinn Fein's national policing spokesperson's Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD and Alex Maskey MLA today met in Leinster House to discuss how greater co-operation between the PSNI and Garda Síochána can be progressed in the interests of targeting serious crime in particular drug-related gangland crime and predatory sex offenders.

Sinn Féin Dáil spokesperson on Community Safety Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD said: "Sinn Féin are holding today's meeting in Dublin to discuss how greater co-operation between the PSNI and Garda Sícohána can be progressed in the interests of targeting serious crime in particular drug-related gangland crime and predatory sex offenders.

"Sinn Féin are holding today's meeting in Dublin to discuss how greater co-operation between the PSNI and Garda Sícohána can be progressed in the interests of targeting serious crime in particular drug-related gangland crime and predatory sex offenders.

"Illicit drugs are costing lives, in particular young lives, on a weekly basis both in terms of users overdosing and dealers gunning rivals down in our communities. The most effective method to police this growing crisis is to achieve greater co-operation between the PSNI and Garda Síochána.

"A key element in achieving these goals is the harmonisation of laws and standards moving ultimately towards a single all-Ireland police service. Serious crime has no borders.

Sinn Féin Assembly Spokesperson on Policing Alex Maskey said: "Predatory sex offenders can and do maximise the opportunities the border with its two distinct sets of policies and practice on either side offer them.

"Predatory sex offenders can and do maximise the opportunities the border with its two distinct sets of policies and practice on either side offer them.

"This highlights the urgent need for the introduction of an effective all-Ireland sex offender's register with mutually agreed standards and provision for pre-release risk assessment and post-release supervision of sex offenders.

"Practices in relation to pre-employment vetting should also be fully harmonised so that the equivalent level of child protection prevails regardless of where an offender works or resides in Ireland." CRÍOCH

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