Hundreds of residents march silently through inner city in show of solidarity against gangland violence
Published 17/05/2016 | 21:39
Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin led hundreds of inner city residents through the capital tonight in a show of solidarity against the gangland violence plaguing their community.
Around 200 joined the silent procession from St Agatha’s Church and poignantly converged at a monument on Buckingham Street dedicated to the hundreds of young people who have died from drugs over the years.
Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said the locals - who came from the four corners of the north inner city - deserve to be proud of their community and urged them to fight back.
“They’ve gone through an awful lot. This is a simple way to show that this community is strong and worthwhile,” he said.
Mothers, fathers, grandparents, children. They all wore white ribbons as part of a candle-light procession from four local churches to take back the streets from the gangland criminals that have made their homes a virtual no-go zone.
Father of two Tony Byrne (51) whose extended family grew up on nearby Sheriff Street, said he has personally seen the devastating impact of the drug and gang culture in the area.
He took part in the walk to send a message to the criminals. He did the same thing during the community anti-drug protests led by the late TD and councillor Tony Gregory over 20 years ago. But he said people must not give up the fight. “The community will come out here to respond tonight but they need a lot more support from other communities,” he told independent.ie.
Organiser Seanie Lambe said the recent killings in the area as part of the Hutch-Kinahan gangland feud have left people “tense and afraid to come out” of their homes. He urged the Government to do more to combat organised crime.