[Sinn Fein]

4 May 2002

Appointment of Ombudsman would build trust

Also speaking at the lauch of the Sinn Fein proposals on Justice and the Community Dublin West Candidate Mary Lou McDonald said that OEthe establishment of a Garda Omudsman was crucial in building greater trust between the force and the community it serves'.

Ms Mc Donald said:

``Sinn Fein firmly believe that Communities are central to dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour.  These are complex issues and their solution lies with co-ordinating the work of Gardaí and local communities.  It involves identifying areas of need and directing resources into these areas.  

``This party will continue to work to foster greater co-operation between An Gardaí Siochána and the communities we represent.  There is no alternative to such an approach.

``There is direct correlation between social disadvantage and certain forms of anti-social behaviour.  However, the vast majority of people in disadvantaged areas are decent, hard working people who want a civic accountable policing service.  recognising this Sinn Fein proposes:

``It is also imperative that there is transparency and trust between the Gardaí and local communities.  In this regard Sinn Fein proposes:

``We are conscious that any crime or justice policy must have the needs of victims central to its implementation.  Our manifesto calls for:

``This party is committed to building a Peaceful society.  Our manifesto clearly outlines the basic measures that are required to start to make that goal a reality.''ENDS

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