Call for Justice Minister to crack down on gun crime after two men killed

by Dublin Gazette
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The two men, both in their twenties, were shot dead in two separate areas of North Dublin yesterday.

One of the victims, Sean Little, was discovered near a burnt out car near Walshestown on the morning of May 22, whilst a second male, Jordan Davis was fatally shot near Our Lady Immaculate National School in Darndale around 4pm the same day.

Fianna Fáil Justice Spokesperson, Jim O’Callaghan TD has said that the gun violence of the past 24 hours in Ireland’s capital tells us how brazen those involved in on-going feuds have become.

“As details regarding [the shooting in Darndale] continue to emerge and Gardaí work to establish a motive, what we certainly do know at this time is that depraved violence of this nature has no place whatsoever in our society,” he said.

“The prevalence of gun related violence has continued to intensify, and it is essential that all possible resources are provided to protect the public. This afternoon’s shooting took place near a national school and both staff and pupils are likely to have only made their way home in the hour or so before hand. That is a terrifying precedent.

“It is apparent that these shootings will continue unless there is adequate intervention. Condemnation is not enough. The Minister for Justice needs immediately to examine what extension of resources can be given to Gardaí to bring this outbreak of serious violence under control.  

“To witness a shooting or hear about one occurring is not normal. We can never accept gun crime as an aspect of everyday life. No child or young person growing up in any community should be led to believe that firing a gun is reasonable.

“As a society that promotes lawfulness and prosperity, we cannot give into intimidation and senseless brutality. Dublin is a terrific city. Everyone who cares about our capital and the safety of all its people must ensure that this violence cannot and will not win out,” O’Callaghan said.

Meanwhile, Labour Senator Aodhan O Riordain has condemned the Government for failing to take heed of worsening crime, claiming that incidents on the northside are ‘being ignored’.

“It is stomach churning to think, that in the week of a shooting outside Donaghmede Shopping Centre, a body found dead in North Dublin and a murder in Darndale that a government minister is taking photo opportunities beside Stepaside Garda Station and heralding it’s re-opening.

“Why is Stepaside more important than the Northside? I have been campaigning for increased garda presence on the Northside, but the Minister for Justice has refused to engage,” Senator O Riordan has said.

He continued: “Why is the Northside being ignored? These are no ordinary crimes and deserve the attention of the Minister for Justice. He can no longer ignore the escalation in serious crime.

“It is time to take on the escalating number of gun shootings by committing the resources to tackle this once and for all. Continually insisting these incidents are an operational matter for the Gardaí is insulting to the communities who need protection.”

Gardai are appealing for witnesses in relation to the shootings, appealing for anyone with information to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111, or any Garda Station.

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