Friday 19 January 2018

Joe Duffy to chair Lord Mayor's public meeting on city crime

Joe Duffy
Joe Duffy

David Kearns

GUN violence that has blighted the capital is expected to top the agenda at a public meeting on crime chaired by RTE's Joe Duffy this week.

Lord Mayor Brendan Carr is opening the doors of City Hall so ordinary Dubliners can voice their concerns at what many see as a rapidly worsening crime problem.

The Crime in Dublin City public forum will be held on Wednesday evening.

"Dubliners have been affected by criminal activities in the city centre over the recent past while going about their daily lives," said Mr Carr.

"This violence is affecting the citizens of the whole city. I want the ordinary people of Dublin to have this opportunity to have their concerns raised and heard."

Mr Carr said the aim of the meeting was for "everyday Dubliners" to get up in front of gardai and local representatives and speak openly about what is happening in their communities.

An Garda Siochana will be represented by Assistant Commissioner Jack Nolan, while the chair of the Government's northeast inner city task force, Kieran Mulvey, will also be present.

The task force was established in July in response to a series of shootings in the city linked to the bloody Kinahan-Hutch gangland feud, which has left 10 people dead.

A string of tit-for-tat murders this year was sparked when criminal Gary Hutch, who had been working for the Kinahan cartel, was shot dead by the gang on the Costa del Sol last September.


Saturday was the first anniversary of Hutch's murder, and a series of recent crackdowns have sparked hope that gardai are closing in on those keeping the bitter feud going.

There has been a significant garda response to the violence, including roving checkpoints manned by armed officers throughout much of the inner city.

While welcoming his successor's efforts to find a solution to crime, former Lord Mayor Christy Burke said he wanted only to hear two things from the public forum.

"That's the announcement that the garda station on Fitzgibbon Street will re-open and a 24/7 unit for the Navan Road.

"I'm honestly sick to death of words. I want action. The people living in these areas want action," he said.

"We need boots on the ground and these stations reopened and properly manned.

"With all due respect to the Lord Mayor, and I know he's sincere about tackling crime and homelessness in Dublin, but we don't need public forums on crime.

"We need the Department of Justice to loose the purse strings and give gardai what they need to do their jobs.

"That's the message I want to hear on Wednesday."

Anyone interested in attending the public forum on crime should register by emailing or calling 01 2222918/2204.

The deadline for booking is noon tomorrow, and spaces are limited.

The event begins at 7pm on Wednesday.

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