More resources needed to police border area – Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has called for “immediate and urgent action by the PSNI and An Garda Síochána to tackle the scourge of organised criminal gangs in the north Louth and South Armagh region.”
The Sinn Féin leader and Louth TD made his call after the attempted murder of south Armagh man Francis McCabe Jnr in a bomb attack on Wednesday morning.
Gerry Adams has also extended best wishes to Francis Jnr and to his family.
Teachta Adams said:
“There has been a serious escalation in the activities of organised criminal gangs in north Louth and south Armagh in recent years. This includes fuel laundering, tobacco smuggling, the theft of farm machinery and animals, the murder of Garda Adrian Donohoe, and a campaign of violent intimidation of residents who are standing up against these activities.
“Some sections of the media and political opponents of Sinn Fein have attempted to blame republicans for this criminality. Their political opportunism has created an atmosphere in which these gangs believe they can carry out violent acts of intimidation, including murder.
“Sinn Féin is resolutely opposed to criminality. We will continue to provide leadership and to stand against these organised criminal gangs.
“It is the responsibility of the PSNI and An Garda Síochána to investigate criminality, identify those responsible, and bring them before the courts. To achieve this more policing resources are needed and I will be raising this with the relevant authorities.
“Urgent discussions involving the government and the Executive are also needed to put in place strategies that ensure that the border cannot be exploited by these gangs.”