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Ó Snodaigh reacts to latest Dublin shootings

24 August, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called for an increase in Garda patrols, particularly on foot and on bicycle, in areas suffering from high levels of violent crime.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking today after one man was shot dead and another injured in Finglas last night. He said more Gardaí must be freed up for the fight against crime and called for action from the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "Unfortunately shootings in Dublin have become an all too regular occurrence. The fact that many shootings are taking place in public places, such as last night's shootings in a pub in Finglas, shows that the criminals responsible have absolutely no fear of being caught. This is partially because of a lack of Gardaí in the communities where they operate.

"Sinn Féin has been calling for higher Garda visibility in communities that are suffering from high levels of crime. We want to see extra Garda patrols, particularly on foot and on bicycle in these communities.

"It is time for Justice Minister Dermot Ahern to act on violent crime. His settling in period has come to an end. I am calling on him to give his evaluation of operation anvil as its effectiveness is well and truly in question. If the overtime ban is negatively effecting the operation then the current deployment and use of Garda time must be re-examined in light of this.

"Sinn Féin is currently in the process of putting together our submission to the Garda Policing Plan for 2008. In it we will again be calling for more Gardaí on foot and on bicycles in communities that are suffering from high levels of crime.

"The process of civilianisation of administrative Garda duties must be expedited to free up Gardaí, to get them out from behind desks and onto the streets to tackle serious drug and gun crime." ENDS

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