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Latest shooting shows need for Northside crime task force

27 February 2020

Statement by Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD
Spokesperson on Education and Skills, Gaeilge and the Gaeltacht

Labour Party TD for Dublin Bay North, Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, has once again called for a Northside crime task force.

This comes as a shooting took place in Kilmore, Dublin 5 late last night.

Deputy Ó Ríordáin said:

“The news of another shooting on the Northside is deeply concerning. Thankfully nobody was injured, but this is just another example as to why we need a Northside crime task force

“Since the summer we have had five murders, a body found of a child in Coolock, several non-fatal shootings. This is not normal.

“Children in pockets of my constituency are growing up thinking that this kind of criminality is normal when it is absolutely not.

“We need to see a real response to this in the form of a Northside crime task force, similar to the Mulvey Commission for the North Inner City.

“The response from Government has been weak at best. Before the General Election, Fine Gael didn’t want to know about a Mulvey-style commission, then when they realised it was popular, they decided it was the way forward.

“Communities across our constituency are calling out for progress. Now in their caretaker capacity, this Government must start bringing community stakeholders together in Dublin Bay North with a view to setting up a Northside task force to tackle crime.

“What is happening is not normal, we need to see real action from Government immediately.”