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Thursday 14 December 2017

Real fear that violence will spread, says brother of Veronica Guerin

Jimmy Guerin says gang members are associated with places all over north Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Jimmy Guerin says gang members are associated with places all over north Dublin Photo: Gerry Mooney
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

The brother of murdered journalist Veronica Guerin has said people are terrified that gang violence will spread out of the inner city.

Jimmy Guerin, an Independent councillor in Howth-Malahide, said there was a "real fear" among people in communities throughout the city and county".

"People are afraid of going into coffee shops or pubs frequented by gang members," he said.

"Unfortunately, gang members are associated with places all over - in Howth, Malahide, Raheny, Clontarf.

"People are going to think twice before going into these places because they don't know what's going to happen."

A special meeting of an inner city policing committee heard a strong reassurance from senior gardaí that those behind the latest wave of murders in the capital will be brought to justice.

An emergency sitting of the central area joint policing committee (JPC), which is made up of local gardaí, politicians and community reps, was called just days after the latest inner city slaying which saw Gareth Hutch shot dead in broad daylight near his home.

Head of the Dublin North Central Garda division, Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy, assured those present that those behind the crimes would be brought to justice "sooner rather than later".

The JPC will now draw up a document to send to Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who has committed to setting up a task force to deal with gangland crime.

Head of the committee, Fine Gael councillor Ray McAdam, said he thought the problem needed a "multi-disciplinary" approach with buy in from a number of agencies at both national and local level.

It is hoped that the task force will work towards solving gangland crime by addressing the root causes and preventing a new generation getting involved.

Mr McAdam also said the meeting made it clear that gardaí felt they had enough resources for this investigation.

Irish Independent

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