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Ó Snodaigh tables amendment to Dáil crime motion

4 March, 2008

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has tabled an amendment to the Government's amendment of the Fine Gael Private Members' Motion on crime which will be debated in the Dáil over the next two evenings. Deputy Ó Snodaigh, speaking today, said Sinn Féin would be happy to support the Fine Gael motion but it does not go far enough. He said the Government amendment contains nothing new and shows that the Government does not recognise the gravity of the problem.

He said, "SF would be happy to support the FG private member's motion on anti-social behaviour and violent crime although we do not feel that it goes far enough.

"The government amendment to that motion contains nothing new. It is evidence that this government does not recognise the gravity and extent of the problems currently plaguing communities.

"It is a further denial of its culpability for the situation faced by communities through its failures. For example the government's refusal to allocate sufficient resources to the national drugs strategy, its failure during 11 years in government to improve community policing and the endless delays in progressing a robust civilianisation process which could free up sizeable numbers of fully-trained Gardaí from behind desks to fight crime.

"I have tabled a further amendment to the government's in order to bring the focus back to what needs to be done." ENDS

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