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Resources must be focussed on ending Crumlin/Drimnagh feud before more lives are lost – Ó Snodaigh

5 July, 2007

Speaking in the Dáil today Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the shooting in Stillorgan yesterday, which is reported to be part of the ongoing Crumlin/Drimnagh feud, highlights the need for extra Garda resources to be put into ending this feud. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said he discussed this feud with the Assistant Garda Commissioner this week however he could not get a commitment from him to establish a special Garda Task force with the specific aim of bringing this feud to an end.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The most recent public shooting which occurred yesterday afternoon in Stillorgan demonstrates the urgent need for the Gardaí to give greater priority to the Crumlin feud which continues to threaten lives. The government must make every necessary resource available for this to happen.

"I discussed this feud with Assistant Garda Commissioner Al McHugh earlier this week in the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee. I asked him to establish a special Task Force in an effort to tackle the situation. The Assistant Commissioner told me that 18 months ago a specific Garda operation was commenced to focus on the feud and since then the related murders have been reduced to one. This specific operation is welcome however in my view that murder and yesterday's attempted murder along with last week's grenade attack highlight the need to bolster the current Garda initiative.

"Given the young age of the man who was shot 24, and of the two men arrested by Gardaí, 21 and 22 respectively, there is an urgent need for the government to introduce focused and holistic programmes to create real, attractive and alternative futures for children who are at risk of becoming involved in serious crime when they grow up." ENDS

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