28th May 2003
Taskforce urgently needed to tackle drug-related gun attacks following latest shooting in Dublin 12
Following the latest shooting incident in Rutland Grove, Crumlin, Dublin 12,local Sinn Fein TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said:
``If this shooting or any of the other shootings in recent days occurred in otherareas of Dublin there would have been cries for a Garda Taskforce by politiciansof all shades. Because the shootings are once again in the Dublin 12 area, theauthorities don't seem concerned. That is not good enough.
``The Dublin 12 area which includes Drimnagh, Crumlin and Walkinstown has one o fthe highest number of gun-related crimes and violent deaths. Most are related tothe huge drugs trade, which the State has never tackled affectively.
``I call for a taskforce to be set up, to target and put out of business thedrugs gangs who have destroyed thousands of lives in this area and who have beenresponsible for most of the violent deaths and shooting incidents in Dublin 12.There is urgency in this call. There have been three shooting incidents inCrumlin in as many weeks and while no shooting is justified, the assailants havetargeted uninvolved citizens and their homes lately.
``If the Minister for Justice and the government spent half the time he spendspreaching about public order offences and announcing gimmicks to counter themand concentrated instead on tackling drugs crime, which makes up a substantialpart of reported crime, and on preventative and rehabilitative measures, oursociety would be much safer for all.''
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