Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins TD has renewed the party’s calls for the establishment of a Dublin Task Force dedicated to addressing violent crime in the capital. It follows two separate armed raids in Walkinstown and Thomas Street yesterday and a violent robbery and assault on an older couple in Bray.
“In less than a 24 hour period we have seen three armed raids in Dublin and the greater Dublin area, which have left at least three innocent victims injured. This is disturbing evidence of an emerging spike in violent crime in the capital and it must be addressed before it spirals out of control,” said Deputy Collins.
“I am particularly horrified at the vicious attack on a couple in their 70s at their home near Bray. To be targeted by violent criminals and assaulted in the safety of your own home is any homeowner’s worst nightmare. Meanwhile, an innocent post office worker was injured in a hold up at a post office in Walkinstown and a security worker was targeted in a cash-in-transit robbery on Thomas Street.
“The raids yesterday are just the latest in a series of recent violent incidents in the capital and will be particularly worrying for Dubliners following the disturbing events at the Phoenix Park last weekend. The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter needs to address this immediately.
“I am calling on the Minister to bring together the gardaí, officials from the HSE and officials from the four local authorities for a special Dublin Task Force charged with making the streets of Dublin safer.”