Fianna Fáil Justice spokesperson Niall Collins has condemned the latest gangland killings in Dublin and has called for renewed efforts to defeat organised crime gangs before the situation escalates even further.

Deputy Collins commented, “Back in February, the Minister for Justice announced €5 million for a task force to tackle organised crime.  Since then we have seen more violent killings as the war between feuding gangs escalates.  This raises serious questions about the resources promised by Minister Fitzgerald.  Has this money been drawn down, and if so, where is it being spent?

“Fianna Fáil has consistently raised concerns about Garda numbers and resources.  The force has been seriously depleted and starved of funding needed to ensure that it can effectively target criminal activity”.

Deputy Collins also repeated the party’s call for a new Serious and Organised Crime Unit to be established with a remit to include co-operation with Interpol and other police agencies.

“This unit would lead the fight against criminal networks operating in the country.  We need to ensure it has the power, finance and political back-up to deliver.

“As I’ve often pointed out, we need a crime policy that’s ahead of the curve. We can’t allow this gangland feud to spiral further.  Efforts to defeat it must be intensified.”