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Limerick shootings highlight urgency of civilianisation of Garda duties

26 March, 2008


Reacting to the gun attack on six houses in Limerick last night Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD once again called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to free up more Gardaí to fight crime by fast-tracking the process of civilianisation of administrative Garda duties. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said Gardaí must be at maximum strength to tackle specific feuds such as the one in Limerick and the one in his own constituency.

He said, "The brutal nature of this pre-planned attack on six houses in Limerick last night shows that these criminal have neither fear nor regard for the law. This is a symptom of years of ineffectiveness on the part of Gardaí due to a lack of resources over many years. The criminals simply have no fear of getting caught and so continue to torment and destroy communities.

"Gardaí must be at maximum strength to tackle specific feuds such as the one in Limerick and the one in my own constituency which has claimed possibly more than ten lives to date. To achieve this, Gardaí, fully trained in crime fighting, must be freed from administrative duties and redeployed directly into these areas. This process must be fast-tracked immediately.

"It is completely unacceptable that a thug could enter an estate in a robbed car, shoot up six houses, striking fear into the whole community and leave again without fear of being caught and punished accordingly." ENDS

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