Dublin City Councillor Paul McAuliffe has said the latest gun murder in Dublin further emphasises the need for a dedicated garda unit to tackle gun crime in Dublin.
The local Fianna Fáil Councillor, who is Chairperson of the local Policing Committee, has condemned what he described as a “the most brazen of attacks right at the heart of the community.”
“The shooting was carried out in broad daylight in rush hour traffic, very near to schools and busy pedestrian areas. This is a tight-knit community that has been left in shock by what has happened,” said Cllr McAuliffe.
“These criminals appear to be getting more brazen by the day. This wasn’t just an attack on one victim – it was an attack right at the heart of this community. To open fire in a public area at that time on a busy Tuesday morning shows complete and utter disregard for human life and for the safety and welfare of this community . It’s just sheer luck that there were no children heading to school at the time as there would have been last week.
“Unfortunately this is just the latest in a string of gun attacks and murders in Dublin since the start of the year. It seems that every week, we are hearing of another shooting incident in our city. It further highlights the need for additional garda supports to specifically target gun crime in the capital.
“My party has called for a dedicated garda unit to tackle gun crime in Dublin. While our local gardaí go above and beyond the call of duty every day to keep our communities safe, it’s clear they simply do not have the resources they need to bring these criminals to justice and maintain a strong presence on the streets.
“I believe we need additional resources to support our local gardaí, and allow them to increase street patrols, step up their crime prevention activities and track down the criminals that are threatening our community’s safety. I am calling on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter and the acting Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan to strongly consider this proposal,” said Cllr McAuliffe.