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Call for additional Gardaí in Tallaght after series of knife attacks

19 March, 2010

Tallaght Central Councillor, Sean Crowe has called for additional Garda resources to be deployed in the Jobstown area in Tallaght following three consecutive days of knife attacks near the Mary Mercier Health Centre.

Councillor Crowe said the first attack occurred at 9.30am on Monday, 15th March and involved two youths attacking another and slashing his throat. Later that day there was a separate hammer attack in the locality. On Tuesday night there was a knife attack outside the shops in the area and on Wednesday, 17th March, St. Patrick’s Day, another attack occurred.

Councillor Crowe said, “The scale and intensity of these daily attacks have shocked and frightened local residents. All of these attacks happened in the sight of Mary Marcier Health Clinic and in full view of the Community CCTV cameras. The Community CCTV cameras are due to become operational in a matter of weeks after a long delay over funding, Garda protection and protocol procedures.

“Many of these knife attacks have not been reported to the Garda Authorities. There is speculation that this would likely involve retaliating attacks in the near future. Some of those involved in the attacks are active members of drug gangs in the immediate locality.

“In my opinion the scale of these assaults merits immediate resources to be deployed in the area. I would appeal to the Garda Authorities to adapt a proactive response in the area of Jobstown before a fatality occurs.” ENDS

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