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Monday 27 March 2017

Inner city 'disgusted' by lack of support, Kenny told

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting local representatives from North Inner City in Seville Place.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting local representatives from North Inner City in Seville Place.

Laura Larkin

The impact of the ongoing gangland feud on children in the north inner city topped the agenda at a meeting between local residents and Enda Kenny.

During the meeting on Tuesday, Mr Kenny and six of his ministers were told that the community is living in fear and has been "devastated" by the ongoing gangland war and the worsening circumstances which have led to it, including cuts to funding for vital local programs.

A long list of concerns was brought to the attention of the senior politicians, including policing issues, education and funding cuts for community programmes.

Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy of Store Street addressed the meeting, which was described as a 'circus' by local politicians, and described the gang feud as an "external shock" which has caused the low murder rates in the area since 2008 to spike again. An appeal was made for a well-funded therapeutic intervention for children who were traumatised by the recent shootings and related incidents in the community.

One school principal told the Taoiseach that their school is faced with a number of challenges - including open drug-dealing on the street outside and burnt-out cars abandoned in the area.

Recently, a man tried to push his way into the school.

A school in the area also had children outside playing in the yard when innocent man Martin O'Rourke was gunned down in April.

One mum said that afterwards her nine-year-old daughter was too afraid to walk home from school alone anymore, something she used to do all the regularly.

Irish Independent

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