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Ó Snodaigh calls for robust response to Dolphin’s Barn thugs

28 April, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has called for an emergency response from Gardaí to events in Dolphin’s barn last night which included intimidation of residents attending a community meeting, a bomb scare and rioting into the early hours of the morning. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said drug dealers in the area have posed a direct challenge to An Garda Síochána and the rule of law and it must be met with a robust response.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The events in Dolphin’s Barn last night and early this morning are a direct challenge to An Garda Síochána and the rule of law. Local hoods, in an attempt to protect their drug dealing chronies, have threatened to burn out the homes of community workers if Gardaí come into the area.

"This challenge must be met with a robust emergency response for the Gardaí. All powers available must be employed to restore normality to this community and to protect those individuals who have been targeted. This must include the emergency seeking of exclusion orders from the area against the dealers involved and swift enforcement against any subsequent breach.

"Before this situation escalates any further a meeting must be convened including the Minister for Justice, The Gardaí, Dublin City Council and the community to agree a solution to the current crisis.

"There must be recognition that this situation is the product of years of neglect of the area by successive governments and of the collapse of regeneration prospects.

"Everybody should have the right to live safely in their community without intimidation and violence. This right must be protected by the Gardaí. These drug dealing thugs must be met head on." ENDS

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