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New Government must re-target Garda resources into fight against organised crime

29 June, 2007

Ó Snodaigh calls for special task force to bring escalating feuds to an end

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has called for a dedicated Garda Task Force to tackle the gangland feuds in the South Inner City. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was speaking this morning after a grenade attack on a house in Crumlin last night. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the failure of the Government to re-target resources into tackling the feuds in the Crumlin and Drimnagh areas has led to the escalation of violence.

He said, "For the past two years I have been calling for a special Garda Task Force to re-target resources to bring the feuds in the Crumlin and Drimnagh areas to an end. The failure of the Government to do this has led to an escalation in violence in recent months as these gangs show no fear of being caught.

"The previous Government's soft approach to gangland crime was 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 the fear of being caught which is the biggest deterrent to criminals as has been shown from international evidence.

"Therefore it is crucial that the new Fianna Fáil/PD/Green Government prioritises the re-targeting of resources into the fight against organised crime with a particular emphasis and the establishment of task forces to deal with known gangland feuds." ENDS

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