Wednesday 22 November 2017

Taoiseach to meet with more inner city groups

Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting local representatives from North Inner City in Seville Place.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny meeting local representatives from North Inner City in Seville Place.

Ciara Treacy

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has pledged to continue to meet with north inner city groups in Dublin about rebuilding areas affected by gangland violence.

This is expected to happen "over the next couple of weeks", Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said.

Mr Donohoe was speaking after a meeting between the Taoiseach and public representatives from the Dublin Central area yesterday. This focused on the interventions that need to be put in place to help communities.

The Government's plans on the matter are expected to be made known before the Dáil recess.

"We will be clear by the Dáil recess what it is we want to do in the long run," he said.

"We will also be clear on what short-term interventions will be put in place to make a difference.

"In relation to the need for local employment, we are going to have more economic activity in the north inner city than we have seen for many years."

He mentioned the development of a local apprenticeship programme as one of the ways in which this could be delivered.

Fears that the areas affected by recent murders would be seen "in a very stereotyped way" also need to be addressed, according to Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald.

"There are wonderful services in the area but there are clearly long-term issues, particularly around education and housing and supports for vulnerable families," she said.

"Right now we need to have the level of intensive policing which is happening in the inner city. Community policing will be developed right across the country and that is more possible as we bring more Garda recruits into Templemore."

Irish Independent

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