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Fight against crime must be resourced to the maximum – Ó Snodaigh

7 March, 2008


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called on Justice Minister Brian Lenihan to immediately expedite a robust programme of civilianisation of Garda duties to free up fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking today after two men were shot in Dublin last night one of whom subsequently died.

He said, "The callous shooting of two men in Dublin last night is a sad symptom of the violent society that has grown under this and previous Governments' watch. The shooting of the second man, in an effort to escape after the first was brutally murdered in cold blood, shows a blatant disregard for life in Ireland's criminals.

"While our violent society continues to grow we have Gardaí, fully trained to fight crime, sitting behind desks pushing pencils. This is completely unacceptable to Sinn Féin. I have continuously called for the civilianisation of administrative and other appropriate Garda duties in order to free up fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime.

"What's the use in training Gardaí to fight crime if they are simply to end up serving their colleagues at the till of the station canteen.

"The fight against crime must be resourced to the maximum level possible. Criminals must no longer be allowed to expect to literally get away with murder.

"I am again calling on Justice Minister Brian Lenihan to expedite a robust programme of civilianisation within An Garda Síochána in order to free up fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime where they are urgently needed." ENDS

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