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More Garda patrols required in areas with feuding gangs – Morgan

5 August, 2008


Responding to the shooting of a man in Dublin last night Sinn Féin TD Arthur Morgan has called for more Gardaí on foot and on bicycles in areas where criminal gangs are involved in deadly feuds. Deputy Morgan said everyone should have the right to feel safe in their homes.

He said, "Last night's shooting is the latest in a long list of shootings in that particular part of Dublin where a long running feud between criminal gangs has been taking place. The rate of incidents in has risen sharply over the last couple of months.

"There has also been a worrying development recently when innocent relatives of those involved in gangs seemed to become fair game to rival gangs.

"The fact that these gangs operate day or night is a sign that they have no fear of the Gardaí or of being caught. This is a symptom of a shortage of Gardaí on the beat in these communities.

"Everybody should have the right to feel safe in their own homes without the fear of violence. The best way to provide this is to have more Gardaí on foot and on bicycles in the areas where they are most needed. This would require freeing up Gardaí from behind desks to get back out into the communities to fight crime." ENDS

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