Calleary calls on Shatter to address escalating crime in the capital
08 July 2012
Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Dara Calleary, has called on Minister Alan Shatter to urgently address the rising violence and anti-social behaviour in Dublin.
Deputy Calleary commented: “Over the last number of weeks we have seen the instances of violent crime rise alarmingly in Dublin. Just last night, seven people were stabbed at a concert in the Phoenix Park. To have seven concert goers stabbed in the space of a few hours is absolutely appalling.
“There has been a very worrying trend emerging in Dublin in recent weeks of violent crime being perpetrated on innocent people, in many instances unprovoked and random. It is only a couple of weeks ago that journalist, Eugene Moloney, was brutally assaulted and killed in another random attack.
“I am calling on the Minster for Justice to immediately establish a special Dublin Task Force to address the growing nature and frequency of these violent attacks. Dublin is fast getting a reputation for being unsafe at night and the Minister needs to act swiftly and come up with some measures to address the concerns of a lot of people in the capital.
“With the high tourist season upon us, we need Dublin to be renowned as a safe place to walk and travel around during the day and night. We need to put an end to this violent crime and the Minister needs to act decisively here.”