Silent vigil in the capital against gangland violence
Published 18/05/2016 | 02:30
Around 200 inner city residents marched silently through the capital last night in a show of solidarity against the gangland violence plaguing their community.
They came from the four corners of the north inner city and poignantly converged at a monument on Buckingham Street dedicated to the hundreds of young people who have died from drugs over the years.
Old and young, those participating in the march wore white ribbons as part of a candle-lit procession to reclaim the streets from gangland criminals.
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-drugs protests led by the late TD and councillor Tony Gregory more than 20 years ago. But he said people must not give up the fight.
"The community will come out here to respond, but they need a lot more support from other communities," he said.
Organiser Seanie Lambe said the recent killings in the area had left people "tense and afraid to come out" of their homes.
But Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin, who led the procession from St Agatha's Church, said locals deserved 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."