Fianna Fail spokesperson on justice Niall Collins

A wave of concern is growing over the “shocking escalation” in gun violence in the area in the last week.
In the space of two days last week, two people were murdered and three others injured in shootings in west Dublin.
On March 13, two men, aged 52 and 23, from Ballyfermot, were injured in a gun attack, while on Saturday, March 15, a man was charged with the murder of a woman and attempted murder of her daughter following a gun attack at a house in Killinarden Estate, Tallaght.
Also on March 15, Stephen Douglas Moran was murdered at his home in Earlsfort View, Lucan.
Fianna Fail spokesperson on justice, Niall Collins, has called for a dedicated Garda unit to tackle the dramatic spike in gun crime.
He said: “This is a shocking escalation of gun crime. It’s clear that immediate intervention is needed before more lives are lost.
“Unfortunately, these shootings are just the latest in a series of gun attacks in west Dublin in recent months. While local gardai are going above and beyond the call of duty every day to keep these residential areas safe, the reality is that the violence is escalating and they need more resources to tackle it.
“These shootings are happening in busy, densely populated, well-established residential communities.
“It’s causing enormous anxiety to local residents, particularly older people living alone and families with young children.”
Lucan Cllr William Lavelle (FG) and vice-chair of the South Dublin Joint Policing Committee has expressed his shock at the latest shooting in Lucan, saying the “community in the normally quiet Earlsfort estate were upset at the recent spate of high-profile crimes affecting the estate.”
Clondalkin Cllr Eoin O Broin (SF) said: “I would say that the shootings in Clondalkin and Lucan are very concerning and they don’t represent the community as a whole. The people involved need to stop what they’re doing.”
Lucan resident and Fine Fail election candidate Caitriona McClean said: “Gangland crime is the curse of modern urban society and the area affected is growing now and we need to resource the gardai to deal effectively with gang warfare to safeguard all of the Lucan community.”
A spokesperson from Lucan Garda station told the Gazette that each crime-related incident is dealt with separately with its own investigations.
“Each murder and each incident has its own ingredients involved – very few of them are interconnected, but the ones that are [connected] to particular individuals and when you broaden [the investigation] out you probably get more commonality with other incidents as well,” said the spokesperson.