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Ó Snodaigh welcomes arrests in connection with Dublin murder

21 April, 2008


Sinn Féin Health Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said he hopes this morning's Garda operation, which have now led to the arrests of thirteen men after more than a dozen house raids in connection with the killing of Anthony Russell at the weekend, is a signal of intent on the part of the Gardaí to crack down on serious drug and gun crime.

Speaking today the Dublin TD said, "Sinn Féin has been calling on the Gardaí to prioritise tackling serious drug and gun crime and we have called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to facilitate this with adequate resources. The Garda Policing Plan for 2008 reflected our proposal to make serious drug and gun crime the number one priority for Gardaí however resources have not been forthcoming.

"This morning's arrests by Gardaí investigating the murder of Anthony Russell in Dublin at the weekend are welcome and I hope will lead to charges and the conviction of those involved in this callous murder. I also hope that this morning's operation is a signal of intent on the part of the Gardaí to crack down on serious drug and gun crime and particularly on the various feuds between criminal drug dealing gangs.

"Gardaí must be provided with adequate resources to tackle these gangs. Resources for Garda Drugs Squads must be at least doubled and the process of civilianisation of administrative Garda duties must be expedited in order to re-deploy Gardaí into the fight against crime. " ENDS

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