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Ó Snodaigh calls for extra Garda resources after latest West Dublin Shooting

16 September, 2008

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, speaking after yet another shooting of a man in Clondalkin today, said high Garda visibility in areas suffering high levels of crime is crucial to tackling increased incidents of public shootings.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh urged the Minister for Justice to ensure that provisions for increased Garda patrols, particularly on foot and on bicycle, are included in the Garda Policing Plan for 2009.

He said, "Last night's shooting is just one of many recent shootings in West Dublin. It is quite clear that extra Garda resources are required for this part of the City.

"Shootings, stabbings and pipe-bomb attacks have become all too regular occurrences in many parts of the State, particularly in urban working class areas. Not surprisingly these are also areas that, when consulted, have complained of a lack of Garda presence in their areas and of particularly long waiting times for Gardaí when they are called.

"Sinn Féin, in its submission to the Garda Policing Plan for 2009, will be once again advocating increased Garda Patrols in areas suffering from high levels of crime. While recognising that provisions were made for extra patrols in this year's plan we were disappointed that these patrols were to be in cars and vans rather than on foot and on bicycles as communities had shown preference for.

"It is quite clear from the frequency and the very nature of the shootings taking place around the state that the criminals involved have no fear of being caught by the Gardaí. There simply isn't enough Gardaí in the communities involved to warrant concern on the part of the criminals involved. This must be tackled with more regular Garda patrols.

"The vast majority of people living in these areas are hard working law abiding people and have the right to feel safe in their homes and communities. The responsibility for the provision of that safety lies with the Gardaí." ENDS

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