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Gardaí need to take swift action against those behind recent shootings in Kennedy Park – Quinlivan

19 August, 2017 - by Maurice Quinlivan TD

Sinn Féin TD Maurice Quinlivan is demanding increased Garda presence in Kennedy Park and robust action to tackle criminality in the Kennedy Park area. Huge concern exists in the area following this second shooting in just over a month.

The Limerick City TD said:

“Following the shooting in July, when a man was shot in the stomach in the area, people were genuinely concerned that worse would happen. I knocked on every door in the area recently and many people there expressed their huge concerns that not enough was being done to tackle the issue locally. They feared for their family and their safety if sufficient action wasn’t taken.

“The Kennedy Park area has always been a great place to live and has a great community spirit. It has a large older and retired population that needs to be reassured and protected. The recent shootings have genuinely frightened many these people.

“It is clear that a multi-agency approach is needed, that both a robust Garda and Council response is necessary. The Gardaí must provide adequate resources and Limerick Council must prioritise the area for CCTV cameras.

 “Recently, I called to most homes in the area and spoke with residents. There is huge concern that these recent shootings might herald something new and that innocent people might get caught up in any escalation. 

“I would urge Senior Gardaí to listen to the resident’s concerns and provide the necessary level of patrols without delay to deal with both the recent shooting and the ongoing sporadic anti-social behaviour that occurs which is caused by youths many of whom are from outside the area.

“Action needs to be done as a matter of urgency to tackle these gangsters who seem to have easy access to guns. Local residents need to feel safe and reassured in their own community. It is high time that Garda numbers were restored to a workable level both in Limerick and nationally and this criminality is tackled.” 

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