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Escalating violent crime raised in the Dáil

8 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called for a solution focused debate on the current approach to crime fighting in light of escalating violence and the risks to communities across the state. Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh highlighted the two murders in Limerick over the weekend along with a shooting incident in Dublin and a double stabbing in Galway as evidence of increased violence across the state.

He said, "There is an urgent need to review and revise, in a solution-focused debate, the current approach to crime fighting and prevention in light of escalating violence and risk to communities across the state.

"This has been evidenced by the high number of violent and criminal incidents which occurred over the past weekend including the seizure of cocaine worth €210,000 in Fermoy and Mitchelstown, the various shootings including two killings in Limerick despite the supposed presence of armed Gardaí in the city, the finding by Gardaí of a machine pistol, semi automatic handgun and ammunition also in Limerick, the shooting up of a house in Dublin's north inner city and the violent stabbing of two brothers in a pub in Galway." ENDS

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