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St. Mary's Park shooting another example of serious crime crisis - Quinlivan

9 October, 2007

Sinn Féin Limerick East representative Maurice Quinlivan has condemned last nights
killing in the St. Marys park area of the City stating “the latest shooting in St. Mary’s Park Limerick in which a young person was killed is appalling and highlights the fact that the Government has failed to get a grip on gun crime.


“This shooting occurred in a built up residential area, a relatively small area, which has witnessed more than half a dozen shootings in the past week. This is simply unacceptable.

“Whilst the background to tonight’s shooting remains unclear, what is crystal clear is that we have experienced far too many incidents like this in our City. It is time we got a grip on crime here. We need the extra Gardaí as proposed in the Fitzgerald report to be deployed immediately as a minimum.

“We don’t need promises from the Justice Minister what we urgently need is action. I echo the call made yesterday by Sinn Féin’s Community Safety Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD for Justice Minister Brian Lenihan to free up approximately 4,000 Gardaí from administrative duties and re-deploy them into the fight against crime.


“This in my opinion has to be a priority for any government serious in tackling crime. Both Sinn Féin and the Garda Inspectorate have made sound proposals for the civilianisation of administrative Garda tasks.


“If implemented Sinn Féin's proposals would free up approximately 4,000 fully trained Gardaí to be re-deployed into the fight against crime. If the Minister is serious about tackling serious crime in our society then he must free up the Gardaí to do this to take on this job of work." CRÍOCH

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