The barbaric and senseless nature of last night’s murder in a quiet Dublin neighbourhood is reprehensible and must be condemned in the strongest possible terms, Fianna Fáil justice spokesperson Niall Collins has said.
Deputy Collins said: “The fact that innocent people are now being caught up in violent criminal attacks will only add to people’s fear of becoming victims of crime themselves. The reckless nature violent gangs have brought to gun crime in Dublin is once again apparent on the streets of a quiet suburb and another family has been needlessly devastated.
“Fianna Fáil has raised the continuous drop in Garda numbers in Dublin City and we are concerned that incidents of anti-social behaviour continue to rise while violent crime remains a constant threat. We have been calling on the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald to establish a stand-alone Public Order Unit for Dublin City Centre for months now only to be met with silence on the matter. While I believe last night’s murder in Walkinstown was an act of senseless violence and not something that could necessarily have been prevented by implementing these measures there is a strong sense that criminals in Dublin do not fear or respect the rule of law in any way. It’s time we started to reclaim our streets from people who have no respect for our society and stand with the victims of crime.
“Fianna Fáil is currently engaged in a series of public meetings on crime and policing to inform our policy platform going forward. We are seeking to engage with as many people as possible to hear from them what it is they want to see from the government and the authorities in order to tackle crime and criminal gangs.”