Fianna Fáil General Election Candidate in Dublin Central, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that the hundreds of threats on lives will continue and only worsen if community youth services in Dublin Central are not adequately funded and supported to help those that feel abandoned and insufficiently supported.

The local representative was commenting on reports from last night’s meeting of Dublin’s Joint Policing Committee where it was heard that An Garda Síochana are protecting 522 people whose lives are under threat from dangerous criminals.

The Assistant Garda Commissioner, Pat Leahy has revealed that 10 of the 11 most immediate threats to life are against people living in Dublin’s North Inner City.

Fitzpatrick said, “Continuing to ignore the root causes of poverty, anti-social behaviour and addiction in the inner city fails to meet the needs of its residents.

“It’s deeply upsetting that so many young people have come to expect nothing more of their lives than a career in drug pushing, a prison sentence and for too many, a death threat. It’s often the case that those who become embroiled in violent criminality were raised without any encouragement or expectation of a fulfilling life.

“As a founding member of Cabra for Youth and Cabra’s Community Policing Forum, I have witnessed the positive impact that supporting young people can have on their quality of life and the future path they take.

“Community based youth services can address anti-social issues on the coal face and intervene at critical stages of a person’s development.

“Sadly, since 2011 Cabra for Youth like every other community led youth service in Dublin Central has been undermined in the delivery of its services by Government cuts to funding and investment.

“The Gardaí are already faced with an impossible and ever deteriorating task in trying to police and protect while ordinary law abiding residents have been forced to endure armed Garda checkpoints that should have no place in a residential neighbourhood in 2018.

“The hundreds of threats on lives will continue and only worsen if community youth services in Dublin Central are not adequately funded and supported to help every young person that feels abandoned and insufficiently supported.

“Time for this Government to match its PR with meaningful investment,” she concluded.