Friday 20 October 2017

Taoiseach intends to visit Dublin north inner city community in wake of gangland murders

Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Photo: Damien Eagers
John Downing

John Downing

Dublin's inner-city communities are under siege from murdering criminals who have carried out seven killings in the last 100 days, the Dáil was told.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said special efforts "above and beyond current policing" were urgently needed to tackle the latest threat to decent communities.

Mr Martin said after the murder of journalist Veronica Guerin special new measures were enacted to tackle criminal gangs, especially through seizing assets. He said that another vicious crime spree in Limerick a decade ago was also met with a strong coordinated response from the authorities.

The Fianna Fáil leader said that Dublin's inner city communities were losing the kind of anti-drug and other supports they had. "There has been a sustained erosion of the supports they have enjoyed," he said.

The Taoiseach said he utterly condemned the latest killing and had no doubts about the suffering such events had on local people. He said he had been invited by Dublin Central Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan to visit the area.

"I intend to take up that invitation," Mr Kenny told TDs.

Mr Kenny said he recently asked the Garda Commissioner whether she felt she had the resources needed. He said the Commissioner believed she had adequate resources and he believed gardai will challenge these killers who are motivated by a feud between two rival gangs.

"There has been absolutely no scaling back in terms of the operations or the resources available to the Gardaí," Mr Kenny insisted.

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