Fianna Fáil Senator and Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, Lorraine Clifford Lee says the latest shooting in Dublin marks a frightening escalation in gangland associated crime.

Commenting on this morning’s shooting Senator Clifford-Lee, who lives in the locality, said, “While the exact circumstances of the shooting are still unfolding, I am extremely concerned that there is an apparent link between this latest shooting and the spate of gangland related killings over recent months. I am shocked and dismayed that a crime of this nature could take place in a quiet suburban neighbourhood such as Dun Emer, Lusk, North Co. Dublin.

“As brutality of this kind spread over recent months, we saw condemnation from the Minister for Justice and repeated promises to crack down on these criminal gangs. Despite this, the feuding between criminal gangs has continued. As gun related crime escalates and shootings continue to pose a danger to our communities, people are asking why more isn’t being done.

“As Seanad Spokesperson on Justice, I have continually raised the legislative amendments required to tackle gangland crime. In the Seanad later today, I will further reinforce Fianna Fáil’s support of the Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill.

“A clear message must be sent by Government to all involved in gangland crime, that communities will no longer be held under siege and every measure will be undertaken to end this brutality, “ concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.