SF’s city councillors seek urgent meeting with Govt Ministers re challenging times ahead

by Rose Barrett
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Clean up after the Dublin city riot

SF to table a motion at tomorrow night’s meeting of Dublin City Council

Dublin City begins this year in the wake of the events of 23 November 2023, which saw the unprovoked stabbing of three children and their teaching assistant, following a night of unprecedented looting and rioting in the city centre. The arson attack on the Shipwright in Ringsend is a reminder that there is still an element of far right stoked racism facing law and order in the capital.

Dublin SF Cllr Janice Boylan said: “The cruel attack and injury of three children and an adult at Gaelscoil Choláiste Mhuire and the deplorable rioting and looting which followed, shocked our city in November last. 

“However, six weeks on, we are resolved to continue to build with determination on what is best for Dublin city. The solidarity with those who were injured; the courage and diligence of front-line emergency and other workers, including Dublin City Council workers; the unity in opposition to the cruel and nasty elements who sought to use the tragedy to stir up hatred; all these positives point to the way forward. 

“Dublin is a great city, with a great history. However, it is currently facing many challenges, and is at risk of losing the essence of what makes it so great.

“SF believe the present challenges can be faced up to and resolved. But we must have the vision, the ambition, and the policies to deliver for Dublin and to make it a world class place in which to live, to work and to enjoy yourself. I have tabled a motion for tomorrow night’s monthly meeting of Dublin City Council which outlines what must be done to turn that ambition in to a reality.

“Key to all this is to make our city safe for everyone. We cannot simply police our way to safety, but the lack of Garda recruitment and retention has had a negative impact in our communities. The crisis in the policing needs to be addressed by the Minister for Justice if we are to rebuild confidence with communities in Dublin.”

SF Leader on Dublin City Council, Cllr Daithí Doolan for Drimnagh-Ballyfermot added:

“Sinn Féin want to deliver safer, sustainable, welcoming, connected communities. The SF motion is solution focused and should receive support from all city councillors. We are committed to working in the spirit of cross party cooperation at local and national level to deliver for Dublin. A strong DCC working with Government ministers and local communities towards a better Dublin for all.

“It is more important than ever for agencies, including gardaí, youth services, drug services and mental health services work together to deliver the change that is so urgently required.  

“SF’s motion seeks an urgent meeting with the Minster for Justice, Minister for Transport and the Minister for Health to discuss priorities for Dublin, including public transport policing, improving resourcing to support the work of community Gardaí and increasing funding to drug rehabilitation programmes and mental health services in areas of high demand.

“It is hugely important we receive full and open support from the Government on this urgent matter,” he stressed

The motion will be tabled by Cllr Janice Boylan and Cllr Daithí Doolan on Monday, January 7’s council meeting. See update in next week’s Dublin Gazette – pick up a FREE copy at your local distributor across Dublin. See full listing at https://dublingazette.com//distribution/

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