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Fall in Garda numbers having impact on inner city crime - McDonald

26 April, 2016 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald has condemned recent gangland violence and criticised the fall in Garda numbers in Dublin city centre, which has left residents feeling vulnerable.

Speaking today, Deputy McDonald said:

“We have the brazen killing of another man last night in the heart of the city. The reaction on the ground is one of upset, distress and anger. There is also a feeling of vulnerability.

“We have had a succession of vicious murders and what people are looking for now is a response. These thugs are brazen in their approach - they know no fear and they seem to  believe in their own invincibility

“In the inner city, on both sides of the river Liffey, we are down substantially in Garda numbers, by 100 officers. This has had an effect on crime. It is only a matter of time before another innocent person is injured or worse.

“We need to face up to the fact that if the Gardaí are to keep our communities  safe then the issue of resources has to be acknowledged and has to be resolved. People want an answer.”

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