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Prevention must be priority for tackling crime – Ó Snodaigh

9 February, 2011 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Sinn Féin TD and General Election candidate for Dublin South Central Aengus Ó Snodaigh has today launched the party’s proposals for tackling crime.

The document entitled ‘Tackling Crime - Making Communities Safe’ contains some 24 proposals.

Speaking outside the Department of Justice today Ó Snodaigh said:

“Crime and anti-social behaviour are on the rise. It is widely recognised that there has been too little effort to target crime in our communities. Too often the justice system has been too slow and in many cases the punishment has not been seen to fit the crime.

“The current economic situation, coupled with government cuts to services can only make the problem worse. Action needs to be taken now to ensure that this does not happen.

“For any incoming government the priority must be prevention. Crime costs. Preventing crime saves money in the long run.

“People have the right to feel safe in their own homes and communities. We in Sinn Féin are committed to making communities tormented by anti-social behaviour, crime and drugs safer communities.

“Our proposals would see the number of Gardaí and community Gardaí on the ground increased while also focusing on building better relationships between the community and the Gardaí.

“We would also put resources into diverting young people away from involvement in drugs, crime and anti-social behaviour.

“Our proposals are comprehensive and they are credible. This must be a priority issue for any new incoming government. We must work to rid communities of the torment of crime and anti-social behaviour.” ENDS

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