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'We fear someone will die in the crossfire' - politicians demand action

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Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster and councillor Kenneth Flood

Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster and councillor Kenneth Flood

Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster and councillor Kenneth Flood

People in Drogheda fear that an innocent person will be killed in the crossfire of the feud that has escalated dramatically in the Co Louth town in the past week.

"The fear is what will happen next, how do fam- ilies protect their children and what might wake them in the middle of the night," said councillor Kenneth Flood, chair of the area's joint policing forum.

"After what was reported locally as an abduction there is a heightened sense of fear."

The vast majority of Moneymore estate and Drogheda residents were law-abiding and wanted to live their lives in peace.

"We need an increase in resources for gardai," said Mr Flood. "People are not being replaced as they retire and there's now half the number of community gardai than five years ago."

Drugs

Local Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster said: "This had been simmering for a number of years and the dogs in the street know who's involved.

"Drugs play a major part in it. We've seen young people being given drugs and then some to sell to their friends.

"When debts rack up their families are threatened, and these threats are being acted upon.

"I know of three mothers who have put their sons on planes out of the country, that's how bad it is.

"There's one community garda van working between Drogheda and Dundalk now, and just two garda cars in Drogheda.

"I brought this up with Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan and his response was I should bring it up with the joint policing committee.

"The fear is someone will die, someone will be caught in the crossfire."

Fine Gael TD Fergus O'Dowd said he was in communication with Mr Flanagan and had tabled a Dail motion.

"It is imperative that all resources be made available in Drogheda in light of the very serious and concerning criminal activity that has taken place, including the extremely worrying use of possible viable bombs, the use of firearms and attempted murders," said Mr O'Dowd.


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