Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Dara Calleary, has called on Minister Alan Shatter to urgently address the rising violence and anti-social behaviour in Dublin.
Deputy Calleary commented: “Over the last number of weeks we have seen the instances of violent crime rise alarmingly in Dublin. Just last night, seven people were stabbed at a concert in the Phoenix Park. To have seven concert goers stabbed in the space of a few hours is absolutely appalling.
“There has been a very worrying trend emerging in Dublin in recent weeks of violent crime being perpetrated on innocent people, in many instances unprovoked and random. It is only a couple of weeks ago that journalist, Eugene Moloney, was brutally assaulted and killed in another random attack.
“I am calling on the Minster for Justice to immediately establish a special Dublin Task Force to address the growing nature and frequency of these violent attacks. Dublin is fast getting a reputation for being unsafe at night and the Minister needs to act swiftly and come up with some measures to address the concerns of a lot of people in the capital.
“With the high tourist season upon us, we need Dublin to be renowned as a safe place to walk and travel around during the day and night. We need to put an end to this violent crime and the Minister needs to act decisively here.”