A second fatal shooting in the Clondalkin area in less than a week is a shocking reminder of the need to protect local garda resources, according to Fianna Fáil Councillor Trevor Gilligan.
The Clondalkin Councillor said the community is in shock following two gun related killings in a matter of days.
“This latest attack happened in the very close-knit community of Cherrywood, where there are rarely any problems. The area is heavily populated with young families and older people who are extremely upset by what has happened and now have serious concerns about community safety,” said Cllr Gilligan.
“The fact that last night’s attack came just days after another fatal shooting in the area is all the more worrying. It is another terrible reminder that there is no room for complacency when it comes to violent crime in the community. It again highlights the importance of protecting community garda resources and supporting the gardaí in the fight against crime.
“I am urging the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to ensure that local gardaí are given every support and resource they need to investigate these two shootings and bring the attackers to justice without delay. Just last week we heard extremely worrying reports the impact of additional garda cuts on the fight against crime. I am calling on the Minister to recognise the importance of protecting key frontline garda resources and to ensure that investigations such as this are not hindered in any way by budget cuts.
“I am also appealing to the Minister to immediately address the concerns of local residents about what appears to be an escalation of violence in the greater Clondalkin region. We cannot tolerate a situation where so many families are worried about the safety of their children as they go about their day to day lives.”