Dublin Shooting Sparks Worry Over Fine Gael's Control Of Gang Crime

A shooting in Donaghmede, a residential suburb of north Dublin, has prompted questions over how Fine Gael is handling gangland crime in the area.

Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Riordáin's comments follow the "indiscriminate shooting", which he believes is one in a number of escalating offences. The incident occurred outside Donaghmede Shopping Centre yesterday evening, Tuesday 14 May, when shots were fired at a male. It follows a recent killing in Darndale, a pipe bomb in Edenmore and feuding in Drogheda.

The Senator said the Minister for Justice has refused to engage with him on the matter, and repeated his calls for extra Garda resources in the north of the city.

He commented: "Consistently I have raised through Seanad commencement debates the need for increased Garda resources on the Northside. Do we have to wait for an incident similar to what happened a fortnight ago in Drogheda before we get a parade of the Minister and senior Gardaí? Now is the time to intervene and nip this in the bud. We have been actively campaigning for a garda station locally for this expanding community.

"I am disappointed that to date the Minister for Justice has refused to engage yet he has been happy to visit Drogheda and pledge action there. Will he only react when incidents reach a level of shock that he has no choice?

"Why is the Northside being ignored? These are no ordinary crimes and deserve the attention of the Minister for Justice. He can no longer ignore the escalation in serious crime. Ministerial interference in the re-opening of Stepaside Garda Station is being actively celebrated, despite being against the expressed wishes of the Assistant Garda Commissioner while we have inaction here. The Minister says Garda resources are a matter for the Commissioner which frankly is a dereliction of duty.

"It is time to take on the escalating number of gun shootings by committing the resources to tackle this once and for all. Continually insisting these incidents are an operational matter for the Gardaí is insulting to the communities who need protection."


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