Fianna Fáil Cllr. Deirdre O’Donovan has said that communities need extra gardaí in order to bring more re-assurance following escalation of violence in Dublin in recent times.

Cllr O’Donovan noted the importance of instilling confidence back into communities sooner rather than later.

“We need to strengthen the laws around jailing gang criminals, giving gardaí the same powers with gang criminals as they have with the Provisional IRA. This would allow the “belief” of a Chief Superintendent that someone was involved in gangland crime to be introduced into evidence.

“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.Communities are living in fear because of the rise in violence and we need to see a return to community policing so we can bring re-assurances back to communities.” concluded Cllr O’Donovan.