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Spain expresses sympathy for family at centre of Securicor kidnapping

15 January, 2007


Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West general election candidate Joanne Spain has expressed sympathy for the Lucan family targeted in the latest Securicor kidnapping and robbery incident. Spain called on the Minister for Justice Michael McDowell to make sure the gardaí had enough resources to deal with the rise in this kind of crime.

Ms Spain said:
"The spate of kidnapping and robbery involving security companies has sent a ripple of fear through employees in those firms. It is my hope that these companies are doing everything in their power to make sure their employees are protected and kept informed of what steps are being taken to stop these incidents.

"The Gardaí have a tough job dealing with such well-organised crime. They need to be fully resourced to make sure they can do their job effectively. This kind of situation reveals how useless Minister McDowell's reserve force is. We need fully trained guards to deal with the rise in crime in this state.

"Poorly trained reserve members are not going to instill confidence in people living in fear. Any extra Garda numbers needed should be achieved through the civilianisation of a number of Garda duties in particular admin duties and by introducing a dedicated civilian
traffic corps. An Garda Síochána have a very low percentage of civilian staff by comparative standards.

"The number of crimes in the west of Dublin is alarming. When is the Government going to wake up to what's happening in this part of the city?" ENDS

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