Fianna Fáil General Election candidate, Mary Fitzpatrick has said that there is an undeniable link between the lack of meaningful investment in the North Inner City and spiralling crime on Dublin streets.
The local representative made her comments following the latest fatality as a result of gun crime which brings the number of those killed as part of gangland feuds in the past 27 months to 15.
She said, “It has been my firm view since the beginning of this violence in September 2015 that there is a direct link between the violence and the lack of Government investment in the North Inner City to address essential social needs.
“The systemic neglect of the social infrastructure, the lack of affordable homes and employment opportunities in the area are leading young men and women into serious criminality. The allure of status and cash from involvement in crime is becoming attractive for more and more people in the absence of any other opportunities.
“As just one example, the day centre on Sean McDermott St has been left to disintegrate without State investment.
“Following former Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s visit to the locality, much was made of €300,000 that was going to be made available for social investment. However, it emerged this month that any improvement project at the day centre must now be scaled back due to cost.
“The North Inner City Task force is failing to address the fundamental issues and operating only at a very superficial level. Painting lamp posts is no substitute for an honest confrontation with the underlying problems.
“I have written to the Chief Superintendent in Dublin North Inner City to request a meeting with our Justice Spokesperson Jim O’Callaghan and I, to examine the measures in place to support our community.”