Social and economic regeneration required in Dublin’s north inner city - Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD, speaking during Leaders Questions this morning, has said “the Government must commit to increased funding and an integrated plan for the social, economic, educational and community development of Dublin’s north inner city”.
Teachta Adams said:
“Last Tuesday, Teachta Mary Lou McDonald and I, along with several hundred residents of Dublin’s north inner city took part in a public vigil against criminal violence at the monument at Buckingham Street.
“The memorial there was erected to remember those who died from heroin and other drugs in the area, and I want to commend the organisers of this act of solidarity for a community that has suffered significant violence and criminality.
“Seven men have now been murdered as part of a so-called criminal feud. People are living in fear. Whatever else we may disagree about in this chamber, it is important to state clearly that the small minority of criminals involved do not represent the communities we serve.
“These are not ganglands. They are wonderful communities, victimised by gangs. They are caring communities that deserve better. They need social and economic regeneration. And they especially need the Government and the Gardaí to allocate the resources and personnel needed to put those responsible behind bars.
“The lack of resources didn’t happen by accident. The Government, in its last term, closed Garda stations. So did Fianna Fáil. In Dublin’s north inner city there are now 140 less Gardaí than in 2010. In the south inner city there are 160 less Gardaí.
“I want to commend An Garda Síochána on the work it does in difficult circumstances.
“But additional Gardaí are needed on the ground, and so is funding and projects for the community, for jobs, for counsellors - particularly for children, for teachers, and addiction services and for youth groups.
“So the Government must commit to increased funding and an integrated plan for the social, economic, educational and community development of the north inner city.”