Marching for peace in the city of crime

by Aisling Kennedy

around 200 inner city residents, joined by Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, marched through the capital last night in a show of solidarity against the gangland violence plaguing their community. The march came as crimes against the person were up by 5%.

Minor assaults are up by 15% in Dublin city centre according to new figures released by the gardai at a recent joint policing committee meeting.
A report delivered by assistant commissioner Jack Nolan at the third joint policing committee meeting in 2016 showed that crimes against the person were also up by 5% in comparison to the same period in 2015.
He said: “This continues to present a challenge to An Garda Siochana to address this trend. Hi-visibility strategies will remain in place to address this problem, utilising mountain bike and foot patrols in key areas.
“A number of initiatives will continue in 2016 to tackle various crime categories that continue to create challenges for An Garda Siochana and communities throughout the Dublin City Council area.
“These initiatives will be intelligence-led and targeted at the areas of concern and include the optimal use of technology; crime analysis and crime mapping strategies, and close cooperation with the communities we serve.”
The joint policing committee report also showed that murders in the city are up, with six murders in the Dublin Metropolitan Region so far this year. For the same period in 2015, the region experienced five murders.
Nolan said: “While I am constrained in discussing particulars of the cases for operational reasons, I wish to assure this committee that all investigations are fully resourced and are making progress.”
Cllr Daithi Doolan (SF) told The Gazette that he wants to see action now to prevent any more murders in the city
He said: “There’s no point in anybody coming in and shedding crocodile tears after the event – these crimes are all related to the drugs crisis the city finds itself in.
“We need to ensure that the gardai are given all the resources necessary and the overtime necessary to combat these crimes.
“The cuts that the gardai are experiencing in these communities need to be reversed. There’s massive cuts to the drugs task force and I know that because I work in a drugs project, so I’m fully aware of the cuts being experienced.”
Cllr Doolan said that an inter-departmental multi agency approach needs to be set up, whereby the gardai, council and Department of Education all work together in tackling the drugs crisis.
“These shootings don’t happen in isolation, they’re not an accident, they’re not some sort of act of God – they’re a direct result of the drugs crisis that remain intact in this city.”
Meanwhile, a man in his 20s was arrested in connection with the Regency Hotel shooting in Dublin. The man, who is still in Garda custody, was detained in the north Dublin area of the city last Friday.
A spokesperson for An Garda Siochana said: “The man is currently being detained under the provisions of Section 50 – Criminal Justice Act 2007 at Ballymun Garda station.”
The arrest is in connection with the murder of David Byrne, who was shot dead at the hotel on Friday, February 5.

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