‘Climate of fear’ now grips Blanchardstown families

by Sylvia Pownall

Parents are not letting their children out to play as a “climate of fear” grips communities in Blanchardstown caught in the crossfire of a bloody gang feud.

Residents are terrified after a string of shooting incidents and petrol bomb attacks during daylight hours – and are afraid to talk to gardai for fear of retribution.

Armed gardai patrolled the streets of Corduff at the weekend following an arson attack on a house at Westway on Saturday morning.

Last week a takeaway driver was caught up in a shooting, and last month a school went into lockdown after shots were fired at a man outside the gates.

Local Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) told Dublin Gazette: “There is a huge climate of fear. People are afraid to let their kids play out on the streets. People are genuinely fearful.”

Cllr Donnelly called for an end to the violence and said the thugs responsible showed “a complete disregard for the community”.

He added: “These people must stop now before more lives are ruined. The Corduff community do not deserve this and their children need to feel safe.”

He urged anyone with information to share it with gardai “so they can get these people off our backs”.

Armed guard

Lee Boylan (24) remains under armed guard at a hospital after he was shot as he sat in his van in rush hour traffic on the Blakestown Road in Blanchardstown on March 6.

He was hit ten times and a number of stray bullets sprayed nearby walls, cars and houses on a busy road where children had been out playing just minutes earlier.

On Saturday, four men smashed the windows of a house in Corduff, threw a bucket of petrol inside and set it alight.

Two men who were upstairs at the time managed to escape without injury. Gardai say the attack, which happened at 11.20am on Saturday morning, could have been fatal.

The feud involves three gangs with ties to Dublin 15 and Finglas who are engaged in a bloody turf war to control the local drugs market. Over the bank holiday weekend there were armed garda patrols in both areas.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Blanchardstown Garda Station at 01 666 7000, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800 666 111, or any garda station.

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