Criminal element in Waterford needs to be defeated - Senator David Cullinane
Waterford based Sinn Féin Senator David Cullinane has called for a strong civic, community, political and law enforcement response to ongoing attacks on community and sporting buildings in a part of Waterford City.
He said a small but very dangerous criminal element is seeking to instil fear and gain control and influence in communities. Mr Cullinane stated that the burning of a GAA, boxing and youth services centres and buildings was a direct challenge to the community that needs to be met head on.
Speaking today Senator David Cullinane said;
"I am appalled and disgusted at the activities of a small criminal element in Waterford City. I have met with Senior Gardaí in relation to the attacks and offered my full support.
“What has happened over the last number of days represents a direct challenge to the community from thugs and criminals. When these individuals challenge the community they challenge the authority of An Garda Síochána and community, civic and political leaders.
"We need to respond accordingly and in a united way. Sinn Féin is working closely with the local community and senior Gardaí in helping to challenge the criminal activities of these individuals.
“I am appealing to anyone with any information about recent attacks to come forward and pass the information onto the Gardaí. If they fear doing so I will make my office available and will pass any information I receive directly to An Garda Síochána. A strong community, civic, policing and political response is the most effective way to challenge head on this criminal element."