Inner city patrols beefed up following spate of stabbings

by Sylvia Pownall
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Gardai have beefed up patrols in Dublin’s north inner city after a spate of stabbings in the area in the past week.

A special policing operation has been initiated – as local councillors called for prison sentences to be doubled for knife crime.

On Saturday a man in his mid-30s appeared in court charged with the murder of a 16-year-old who was fatally stabbed in East Wall last week, while on Wednesday a woman passed away after being stabbed near Custom House Quay two weeks prior.

In one 24-hour period last week there were six stabbings in the area and politians have demanded tough action.

Cllr Nial Ring said: “People are literally living in fear and looking to the authorities for action.”

An emergency motion at Monday night’s city council meeting backed a private members bill from Fianna Fail’s Jim O’Callaghan calling for tougher penalties.

The motion was put forward by independent north city councillors Nial Ring, Anthony Flynn, Cieran Perry and Christy Burke and also called for a Ministerial task force to be set up.

Another cross party motion called for a meeting between the Lord Mayor and the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner.

Speaking ahead of the meeting Cllr Ring said the impact of recent knife attacks on the streets cannot be underestimated.

Cllr Cieran Perry agreed: “Legislation is one part of the jigsaw in tackling this scourge but ultimately we need buy-in from the affected communities and in particular, the young people in the areas.

“The four Independent councillors intend to spearhead a ground-up initiative to highlight the knife risk to our youth.”

Cllr Christy Burke requested an immediate meeting with senior Gardaí as well as senior officials from the Department of Justice to discuss the issue.

“A meeting with Senior Gardaí is essential as we need to know what policing response is in place and what additional resources are needed to equip the Gardaí to effectively deal with this problem,” he said

“If there are any barriers to tackling this problem we need to know what they are and what is needed to remove them.”

Urantsetseg Tserendorj, who was stabbed two weeks ago at the IFSC, died on Wednesday morning from her injuries, following the attack a fortnight ago. A 14-year-old teenager was charged with the attack.

In one particularly vicious daylight attack last week, a man was stabbed in the neck with a screwdriver as he attempted to prevent the theft of a bicycle.

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