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Call for extra Garda resources for Tallaght after four stabbings in Kiltalawn last night

7 August, 2010

Sinn Féin Councillor Seán Crowe has called for extra Garda resources to be deployed in the Tallaght area after four people were stabbed in Kiltalawn last night.

Councillor Crowe, a member of the South Dublin County Policing and Justice Forum, said knife crime in Tallaght is a particular problem and it’s only a matter of time before a fatality occurs if action is not taken.

He said:

“Four people were stabbed in the Kiltalawn area of Tallaght last night. While none of the victims’ injuries are believed to be life threatening knife crime in Tallaght is a growing problem and it is only a matter of time before a fatality occurs if action is not taken.

“I highlighted this problem back in March after three separated stabbings took place over three consecutive nights in the Jobstown area.

“While many of these attacks would not be reported to the Gardaí for fear of retaliatory attacks the local accident and emergency department in Tallaght Hospital would be fully aware of the scale of the problem particularly at weekends. There needs to be a formal structure put in place for communication between the hospital and the Gardaí.

“Extra Garda resources need to be deployed to the Tallaght area with a proactive approach to tackling knife crime. We need to tackle the culture that sees young people feel that it is necessary and acceptable to carry knives on them as they go about there daily lives.

“I would propose a knife crime awareness and education campaign which would include a type of knife amnesty for the Tallaght area that has been successful in other areas before, where young people are encouraged to give up their weapons to Gardaí without fear of being charged for carrying the weapon.

“If we can take a chunk of these weapons off the streets then we will be going some way to solving this type of problem. A community awareness campaign might go some of the way to convince and educate some of theses young people on the real dangers of carrying knives.” ENDS

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