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Special task force required to handle Crumlin – Drimnagh gangland feud – Ó Snodaigh

21 February, 2007

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson and Dublin South Central TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh has claimed the feud between two gangs in Crumlin and Drimnagh has not been given the priority it requires. Speaking today after a man was shot in the South Inner City last night Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the government's approach to gangland crime is soft and fundamentally flawed and called for a special task force to be established to bring the feud to an end.

He said, "The government's soft approach to gangland crime is based on the fundamentally flawed premise that introducing new, and in the main unnecessary, legislation will tackle this serious crime. Evidence shows that the introduction of measures such as mandatory minimum sentences and longer hours of Garda detention does nothing to tackle gangland crime.

"It is clear however, from international evidence, that it is in fact fear of detection that is the most effective deterrent to criminal acts. Therefore, the failure of the government to re-target and re-structure the use of Garda resources in a manner that would effectively tackle and be tough on gangland crime is unjustifiable.

"The man who is in critical condition in hospital today could have been the tenth fatality resulting from the feud between Crumlin and Drimnagh gangs. This ongoing feud has not been given the priority it requires. For the last two years I have been calling for a special task force to be established to re-focus Garda resources on bringing this feud to an end. How many more shootings and murder must occur before the Minister takes notice." ENDS

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