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Garda resources must be focussed on drug and gun crime

11 February, 2008

Responding to the shooting of a doorman at the Red Cow Hotel at the weekend Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh called for a robust programme of civilianisation of Garda administrative duties to free up Gardaí to fight crime and drugs. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said drugs are the main contributor to Ireland's rising violent crime problem.

Speaking today the Dublin TD said, "The failure of the Government to deal with the drugs crisis, or to even recognise is as a crisis, has directly led to an increase in violent crime in Ireland. The shooting of a doorman at the Red Cow at the weekend is just the latest violent attack in the violent society that has grown out of the drugs crisis.

"The Government must put adequate resources into tackling drug and gun crime. People are being shot on our streets on a regular basis as criminals show no fear or regard for the law. In the meantime we have fully trained Gardaí that are working on administrative or other duties that could be done by civilians.

"I am calling for a robust programme of civilianisation of administrative Garda duties in order to free up fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against drug and gun crime.

"Garda drug squads are currently working under unnecessary pressure due to a lack of resources. With a proper civilianisation of Garda administrative tasks resources could be redirected into the Garda Drug Squads throughout the State. At the moment resources for these drugs squads need to be at least doubled. This must be prioritised." ENDS

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