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Taoiseach, Justice Minister and Garda Commissioner need to start providing solutions not excuses

17 December, 2006


Sinn Féin Dublin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh speaking in advance of a crisis meeting between the Taoiseach, the Justice Minister and the Garda Commissioner said "The government has no worthwhile strategy to deal with to combat the threat posed by armed criminal gangs who are operating virtually with impunity. The problem is that the state is not treating this issue as a crisis. Ordinary, innocent people and entire communities are the victims, not just of these ruthless, callous criminals but of a failure of government strategy."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"The brutal slaying of a young Dubliner, Anthony Campbell, has caused deep shock across the city. But instead of making excuses and looking for someone to blame for the rise in gangland killings, the government have to starting accepting that their strategy to combat the threat posed by armed criminal gangs, who are operating virtually with impunity, is failing.

"The killings in Finglas last week highlight the urgent need for the Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and the Garda Commissioner to re-evaluate their approach to drug-related crime. The twenty-three gun murders in the state this year are evidence that Operations Anvil and Oak are failing communities in this city.

"The drugs trade, to which most of the killings are linked, is also operating at record levels and is now worth billions of euro annually. There are growing concerns that there will be an escalation of drugs related violence.

"During the foot and mouth scare, the entire resources of the state were deployed to deal with it. Nobody was going to die. But people are dying all the time due to the drugs problem. In recent weeks six people have died due to a batch of 'bad' heroin being sold on the streets of Dublin.

"The problem is that the state is not seeing this and treating it as a crisis. Ordinary, innocent people and entire communities are the victims, not just of these ruthless, callous criminals but of a failure of government strategy."ENDS

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