Response to Dublin feud requires collective Garda and community response – Mitchell
Sinn Féin Dublin Bay North TD Denise Mitchell has called for an urgent Government response to ongoing gang feuds in the north Dublin area which has seen three people shot dead in recent days.
Confronting an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan in the Dáil chamber today, Teachta Mitchell said:
“The programme for Government talks about increasing Garda numbers.
“Taoiseach, can you explain why between 2011 and 2017 Garda numbers in Coolock have gone one way, and that is down?
“Can the Taoiseach explain why in the same period the number of Gardaí assigned to the local anti-drugs unit has plummeted by over one-third?
“Can the Minister explain why Garda vehicles are not being replaced quickly enough?”
Teachta Mitchell said she had written to the Garda Commissioner Drew Harris in December outfling her concerns at the need for more policing and resources in the area:
“The people of these areas – just a few miles up the road from where we are now - feel they are being ignored, and that resources are going elsewhere.
“The Taoiseach was right about one thing: we have great people and a great community in Darndale, Coolock, and Kilmore – but, unfortunately, they feel they are being ignored by this Government.
“We need to see more frontline policing in these areas. Starving Garda stations like Coolock of resources and staff is unacceptable. We need to see more funding for Local Drugs Taskforces and we also need to see a collective approach with the local community groups and organisations who have put in so much work in ensuring young people do not become involved in criminality.”