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Youth drink culture must be tackled after violent killings of Polish men – Ó Snodaigh

28 February, 2008


Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called for an adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the violent killings of two Polish men in Drimnagh. Deputy Ó Snodaigh called on the Government to address the youth drinking culture in Ireland and the associated youth violence.

He said, "I am calling for an adjournment of the Dáil to discuss the violent killings of two Polish men in Drimnagh to whose families we offer our sincerest sympathies. This violent assault which resulted in the deaths of two young men has shocked the community. It is very frightening that this sort of thing can happen in public in a local community and residents are very fearful as a result of this.

"The reluctance on the part of certain young people to bring information to the Gardaí demonstrates the poor relationship that exists. This situation is in need of attention by the Gardaí.

"The Government needs to address the youth drinking culture in Ireland and the associated violence. There are a high number of off-licenses opening throughout the state with little or no consultation with the communities they are affecting.

"Particular attention is urgently needed on the serving of alcohol in shops or supermarkets to minors by proxy or otherwise. There needs to be consultation with the community around how best to tackle this problem, the role of the Gardaí and the measures that should be taken with regard to offending license holders." ENDS

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