Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for Justice Niall Collins has called on the Government to start acting on the serious crime problems currently affecting Dublin City. The crime spree, including a fatal shooting at the weekend, serves as the latest wake-up call to a Government that either doesn’t care or doesn’t have the answers to the worrying trends in our capital city.
Fianna Fáil Dublin City Councillor Daithí de Róiste has today been named Chairperson of the Citywide Joint Policing Committee.
Deputy Collins commented: “The latest examples of horrific criminality witnessed by the people of Dublin at the weekend are yet more evidence of a city which is becoming increasingly familiar with lawlessness and fear. It appears the Government have almost come to accept that serious crime in Dublin is something we just need to get used to. Open drug use on our streets is not acceptable. Aggressive begging is not acceptable. Mugging is not acceptable. The hijacking of taxis is not acceptable. Gun crime is not acceptable. Government inaction is not acceptable.
“Today my party colleague Councillor Daithí de Róiste has been elected Chair of the Citywide Joint Policing Committee. Fianna Fáil believes this will be an extremely important forum in tackling the issues facing Dublin at the moment but this will require meaningful action from Government as well.”
Councillor de Róiste said: “I am very pleased to secure the support of my colleagues on Dublin City Council to take on this important role. The formation of the new Citywide JPC will involve businesses and community representatives and I am keen to see as wide a consultation as possible in the days and weeks ahead on which representatives will serve on the committee.”
Deputy Collins added: “I have been calling on the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald to establish a stand-alone Public Order Unit for Dublin City Centre for months now only to be met with silence. We need a high visibility Garda team active in the city centre who can reassure citizens and tourists alike that Dublin is a place for ordinary law abiding citizens to go about their business. It’s time we started to reclaim our streets from people who have no respect for the rule of law or society overall.
“At this point I believe the Garda Commissioner and the Minister for Justice and Equality should come before the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice to discuss the serious issues with crime in Dublin. They need to outline a strategy to improve the policing of the capital. The Gardaí are to be commended for doing all they can with the constrained resources they currently have. However, the Government seems to lack the political will to stop the current degradation of our capital city. The question must be asked, how bad does it need to get before this Government finally takes action?”