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Clondalkin shooting - Why isn't the Government protecting our young people? Spain

3 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Dublin Mid West Dáil candidate Joanne Spain today said she was horrified by the latest shooting dead of a young man in Clondalkin, coming just a short time after Damian Dowdall was murdered in the area. She said the violence witnessed by people in West Dublin had been targeted at young people and asked what, if anything, the Government was doing to bring this terror to an end.

Ms Spain said:
"Last week I said that Clondalkin was a community in crisis. Just days into the new year a teenager was shot and a week later Damian Dowdall was murdered. Now another young man has been shot dead.

"I canvassed Ronanstown last Saturday and the recurring theme was anti-social behaviour, lack of gardaí on the streets, and slow response times from the guards. I deal with more people wanting transfers out of North Clondalkin than any other kind of casework. This is coming from the mouths of people living in the area. Why is nobody in Government listening?

"Clondalkin has been at the centre of more shootings and drug seizures in recent months than anywhere else in the country – why hasn't there been a task force set up in the area to investigate what's happening? Why hasn't a Joint Policing Committee been established so community representatives could work with Gardaí?

"I know how much pressure local guards are under with the amount of crime they are facing in Clondalkin. We badly, badly need better resourcing for policing of this area.

"Too many young people are becoming victims of this violence. We need to start protecting them." ENDS

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