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Amnesty must be followed by sending Gardaí after the drugs gangs - Ó Snodaigh

1 November, 2006

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on the Minister to do much more to tackle gun crime. He was speaking after the end of the gun amnesty, which concluded last night. He went in to call for more resources for Operation Anvil and for the civilianisation of Garda traffic duties to allow more officers to be deployed to tackle drug gangs and other serious crime.


The Dublin South-Central TD said: “I am calling on the Minister to do much more to tackle gun crime and to give it the level of priority it requires. The limited gun amnesty which concluded last night will have no impact on the number of gun murders. While we welcome the fact that some old and unused weapons have been taken out of circulation, these are not the weapons that will be used in the coming months to end more young lives in Dublin and elsewhere.


“More resources must be made available to Operation Anvil, which while at times seeming little more than a car tax and insurance operation, has had some success. Instead of announcing more Gardaí for standard traffic duties, the Minister should give real consideration to civilianising these and other appropriate tasks, in order to free up fully-trained crime fighting Gardai for redeployment to combat drug gangs and other serious crime.


“The young ages of those involved in gun crime highlights the urgent need for measures to be introduced to prevent children and young people from becoming involved in criminal activities. Many impressionable young people are looking up to the criminals and drug dealers in their areas with their vast amounts of money, their flash cars and in some cases their seeming immunity from prosecution.”



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