People are living in fear – McDonald
Sinn Féin TD for Dublin Central, Mary Lou McDonald, has outlined how residents of the north inner city of Dublin are now living in fear. Deputy McDonald demanded that acting Minister for Justice Francis Fitzgerald recruit and resource additional Gardaí as well as reversing cuts to community services.
Deputy McDonald said:
“Since the 8th of February there has been three separate, but related, murders in the North Inner City. The Minister for Justice has been too slow to respond to the fear that now exists in the community. People are living fear and that is not acceptable.
“Since 2010, Garda numbers in the north inner city have fallen by 140. The Fitzgibbon Street Garda station has been closed since 2011. There have also been severe cuts to community services and organisations which work with young people at risk and with those who have got into difficulties with drug addiction and substance abuse.
“The Minister must recruit and resource the Gardaí in this area as a matter of urgency. There must also be a whole of government response and approach to deal with crime and community safety.
"I’m calling on the incoming government to establish a taskforce for the north inner city. This must have a multi-agency approach, one which listens to the community and which offers immediate support to the community. A focused task force is the best approach to find strategies and identify the necessary resources to make the community safe.”