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Community in Tallaght stunned by "appalling" gun attack

20 January, 2009

Tallaght Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe has described the shooting in Tallaght last night, in which one man was killed and two others injured, as an "appalling attack, which has left the local community stunned." He encouraged anybody with information to bring it to the attention of the Gardaí and said the perpetrators "needed to be brought to justice quickly."

Councillor Crowe said, "The killing of a young man at Kilmartin Drive last night and the injuring of two others is obviously a tragedy for the victims and their families.

"The wider availability of guns and readiness of drug gangs to use them, to devastating effect, in an increasingly cavalier manner across Dublin is a cause of very serious concern.

"This part of Tallaght has suffered for far too long from drug related crime and violence. In the 1990s it was one of the first areas in Dublin where the local community was forced camp out in huts on housing estates to try and bring a halt to drug dealing which was rampant at the time.

"The vast majority of people living here are honest, decent people who just want to get on with their lives and raising their kids. They don't deserve to be tortured with drug dealing and anti-social behaviour. They do deserve a better response from the authorities. A CCTV system that was installed in the area has yet to be turned on. The question must be asked why the delay? The local drugs squad needs to be beefed up and given the resources to take on the gangs. The local authority has a role to play in terms of dealing with anti-social tenants.

"Last night's shooting was an appalling attack, which has left the local community stunned. Action is needed now to reassure the community that they aren't going to be abandoned to armed thugs. I will be raising the matter at next weeks meeting of the Drugs Task Force." ENDS

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