‘Don’t isolate Clondalkin over spate of shootings’

by Ian Begley

This week’s shooting of a Clondalkin man is the second violent gun attack that plagued the area within the space of seven days and is being described as “shocking but not surprising”.
The man, who is in his 20s, was shot in the leg and the arm during a violent attack at Shancastle Drive just before 9pm on Monday, May 2.
He was taken to Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown with his injuries understood to be non life-threatening.
Gardai say that two men were spotted leaving the scene in a car shortly after the shooting and are asking anyone with information to contact them at Ronanstown Garda Station.
At this stage of the investigation, the shooting is not believed to be linked to the ongoing Hutch/Kinahan feud.
This recent gun attack occurred just one week after the fatal shooting of a man in his 30s in the Kilcronan area of Clondalkin. The victim was shot four times in the hallway of his home and was pronounced dead at the scene. The culprits then fled on foot and are currently at large.
Clondalkin TD John Curran (FF) has condemned the latest gangland killings in Dublin, saying: “These murders are shocking but unfortunately they are not surprising.
“It is not acceptable that this brutality is taking place on the streets of our capital. In February we saw this latest spate of gangland killings dominate the media with the callous shooting in the Regency Hotel in Whitehall.
“In February the Minister of Justice announced €5m for a task force to tackle organised crime. Despite this, the feuding between these criminals has continued. I therefore call on Francis Fitzgerald to explain where the resources she promised have been spent.
“The residents of Dublin need to see the battle against these criminal gangs intensified, to prevent further attacks like the ones we saw last night,” said Deputy Curran.
Cllr Jonathan Graham (SF), who lives in the Neilstown area of Clondalkin, said he believes it’s important not to isolate Clondalkin when gangland related activity is “rampant right across the city”.
He said: “Obviously, when someone is shot on your doorstep there is going to be a palpable sense of fear among people who are still worried and concerned that there might be further repercussions.
“I think everyone just wants it to stop, it has no place in the area at all. The guards are doing the best they can on a small budget, but I believe a lot more needs to be done,” he said.

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