Sinn Fein Cllr – I  met with local gardaí only days before fatal shooting over escalating crime in Ballyfermot

by Rose Barrett
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Rose Barrett

Only two days before the fatal shooting of Ballyfermot man, Michael Tormey, Cllr Daithí Doolan (SF) met with local gardaí ato discuss the rise in violent crime and anti-social behaviour in the area.

Cllr Doolan, Chair of Dublin South Central Joint Policing Committee (JPC) said the meeting on Friday last (Jan 7) lasted approximately an hour and a half. “We discussed the ongoing rise in anti-social behaviour and volent crime,” he pointed out. “The two key issues agreed were: that Ballyfermot GS should be upgraded and be an acting, fully independent garda station with sufficient resources and personnel to provide adequate policing services to Ballyfermot and Cherry Orchard.

“We understand that there are limited resources available to Commissioner Drew Harris. I feel the Minister for Justice Helen McEntee, TD and Commissioner Harris must act immediately and ensure extra resources are given to this community.

“Ballyfermot has suffered too much violent crime in recent years. It is now time for this government to prioritise policing in Ballyfermot.”

Commenting on the unlawful killing of family man, Michael Tormey on Thomond Road on Sunday last, Cllr Doolan said the shooting was a violent attack on the whole community.

The late Michael Tormey

“Those involved must be apprehended and face justice, and face the full rigours of the law. Tackling gun crime should be a priority for this government.” 

Cllr Doolan extended condolences to the widow and family of the late Mr Tormey while encouraging anyone with vital information to come forward and to contact the gardaí. 

Following a media briefing at Ballyfermot Garda Station on Monday afternoon where Superintendent Tony Twomey provided an update on the investigation, the gardaí reiterated their appeal to the public for information in relation to the fatal shooting.

Gardaí appealed for anyone with information or road users who may have camera footage (including dash-cam) in relation to this incident to come forward. In particular, anyone who may have been in the Thomond Road, Landen Road, Kylemore Road or the general Decies area between 3.30am – 5.30am on Sunday morning, (Jan 9).

A motive for Mr Tormay’s killing has not yet been established. It is believed person/s called to Mr Tormey’s residence at Thomond Road in Ballyfermot, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The victim received several gunshot wounds, and was pronounced dead at the scene. Mr Tormey was then taken to the City Morgue, Whitehall where a post-mortem was carried out by State Pathologist Margot Bolster;  members of the Garda Technical Bureau concluded its examination at the scene and carried out door-to-door enquiries.

Gardaí can be contacted at Ballyfermot Garda Station on 01 666 7200, the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

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