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Increase in gun crime and sexual attacks in Dublin to top Sinn Féin priorities at Joint Policing Committee meeting - O'Toole

21 November, 2006

The Vice-Chairperson of the Dublin Joint Policing Committee, Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O'Toole has said Sinn Féin's priority going into next week's committee meeting will be to address the issues of anti-social behaviour and serious crime including gun crime and sexual attacks in the city. Speaking today Councillor O'Toole said there is serious concern throughout Dublin at the increase in serious gun attacks in the city.

He said, "Anti-social behaviour and serious crime including gun crime and sexual attacks will top the list of Sinn Féin's priorities going into next week's meeting of the Dublin Joint Policing Committee.

"The murder of the young mother of two children in Swords and the sexual attack on the two young girls also in Swords at the weekend are the latest in a long list of shootings, killings, violent and sexual attacks to take place in Dublin over the last number of weeks. This has caused huge concern throughout the city and it is imperative that the Joint Policing Committee looks at ways of dealing with these issues and easing the publics concern.

"Sinn Féin will be proposing that a number of public meetings be hosted by the Joint Policing Committee in Dublin to listen to the concerns of the communities and to consult with them about solving these issues. We have also proposed that a workshop within the committee be established to look at ways to deal with serious drug and gun crime and we will be pushing for this to be done as soon as possible." ENDS

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