Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee has said that communities living in fear need reassurance and extra gardaí promised by Fianna Fáil would help achieve this.
Senator Clifford-Lee emphasised the importance of instilling confidence back into communities in the wake of the escalation of gangland violence in recent weeks in Ireland.
“What we need to see is a ramping up of garda numbers in communities being ravaged by violence. Fianna Fáil will bring the number of Gardaí up to 16,000 nationally. We need to see significant investment so that garda are properly resourced to run surveillance operations to tackle gang leaders that are controlling the sale and supply of drugs in our communities.
“We need to strengthen the laws around jailing gang criminals, giving gardaí the same powers with gang criminals as they had when facing down the Provisional IRA. Fianna Fáil would allow the “belief” of a Chief Superintendent that someone was involved in gangland crime to be introduced into evidence.
“There is a strong sense in the community that we are losing control and that these gangs are winning the battle. Fianna Fáil want to confront this issue and crush these gangs” concluded Senator Clifford-Lee.