Wednesday 26 November 2014

Video: Claims of Tallaght disorder rubbished

Barry Duggan and Tom Brady

Published 24/01/2014 | 13:23

GARDAI are satisfied that there is a comprehensive policing plan in Tallaght after a judge said they need to be assisted by the Civil Defence.

There have been two violent deaths in the sprawling south Dublin suburb in recent weeks.

At Tallaght District Court, Judge Anthony Halpin said there was a total breakdown of social order in Tallaght after the gangland murder of Michael Devoy at the weekend.

"I think we might need the assistance of the Civil Defence to assist the gardai. There is a total breakdown of social order that we are going to have to tackle – a total breakdown," the judge said.

"I am really concerned about public order in Tallaght. We have had so many incidents. We had the killing on New Year's Day and the killing over the weekend.

"I think we might need the assistance of the Civil Defence to assist the gardai. There is a total breakdown of social order that we are going to have to tackle," the judge said.

In response a Garda spokesman said: "Garda management is satisfied that a full and comprehensive policing service is being delivered to the communities in Tallaght and that current structures in place meet the requirements of the delivery of an effective and efficient policing service," the spokesman said.

DEMOLISHED

Judge Halpin recently called for a local bridge, where a young man was attacked and later died, to be demolished.

Dale Creighton (20) was attacked at the footbridge at St Dominic's Road, Tallaght, early on New Year's Day.

However, his latest call is somewhat bizarre because the Civil Defence is not used to fight crime. It was founded in the 1950s as part of the national defence structure to respond to potential hazards that might arise in a war scenario.

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