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Secure Radios and Dial to Stop Drug Dealing services must be fast-tracked for Limerick - Quinlivan

11 November, 2008

Limerick City Sinn Féin spokesperson Maurice Quinlivan has called on the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern to fast-track plans to introduce the Secure Digital Radio Service for Gardaí in Limerick and the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing service. Speaking today Quinlivan said while these services are being rolled out across Dublin Limerick is suffering in their absence.

He said, "The Minister for Justice, following his meeting with Garda Commissioner Fachtna Murphy today in the aftermath of the brutal murder of Shane Geoghegan, insisted that Gardaí in Limerick have 'sufficient resources and adequate legislation' and appealed for the public to come forward with information.

"I absolutely disagree with the Minister's assertion that 'all the technology and all the resources will not better the information that the ordinary general public can bring' because, due to the use of radio scanners by the criminals in Limerick, the general public are afraid to contact Gardaí or give their names in case Gardaí use them on their radios. The use of scanners in Limerick has become so prevalent that the Garda radio frequency has become known as Radio GaGa.

"The introduction of the Secure Digital Radio Service for Gardaí in Limerick would solve this problem, however, as I revealed at the weekend, in a response to a Parliamentary Question from my colleague Aengus Ó Snodaigh, the Minister revealed that this service will not be available to Gardaí in Limerick until the first quarter of 2010. Meanwhile the service will be rolled out in Dublin in the spring of next year. This is unacceptable -- this service is urgently required in Limerick right now and should be delivered.

"Another service which is urgently required in Limerick and currently being rolled out in Dublin is the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing non Garda phone service. This service would provide the general public in Limerick with much needed confidence to report drug dealing in their communities.

"The Minister must fast-track the introduction of both of these services to Limerick. These measures could prove crucial in tackling the criminals who are ruining our city including those who murdered Shane Geoghegan in cold blood at the weekend." ENDS

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