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Current approach to crime fighting should be reviewed in light of escalating violent crime – Ó Snodaigh

2 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the current approach to crime fighting and prevention needs to debated, reviewed and revised in light of escalating violence and drug crime. Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh listed a litany of crimes which have taken place since the Dáil went into recess just two weeks ago.

He said, "The recent spate of violent crime is a symptom of the violent society we now find ourselves living in. There is an urgent need to debate, review and revise the current approach to crime fighting and prevention in light of escalating violence and drug crime and the risk to the community.

"Since the Dáil went into recess just two weeks ago two armed robberies have taken place, one in Lucan the other in Leitrim, shots have been fired at homes including a submachine gun attack on a number of houses in Limerick. There has been a gun attack on a house in Donegal during which an 8 year-old girl was injured, an aggravated burglary of an elderly man at knife point in his home in Dublin, the fatal stabbing of an off-duty taxi-driver in Blanchardstown, the double murder of a father and son in their home in Kerry, seizures totalling more than €3 million worth of heroin in Meath, Limerick and Laois, St. Patrick's Day riots in Finglas, 2 pipe bombs in Crumlin and 1 in Pimlico." ENDS

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