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Increase in gangland attacks in Lucan must be tackled

19 November 2019

Statement by Cllr Joanna Tuffy
Spokesperson on Affordable Housing, Dáil by-election candidate for Dublin Mid West

Labour Lucan Cllr Joanna Tuffy has criticised the Government for the failure to control gangland crime following the spate of shootings in local housing estates where young families and children live, and the shocking burning of a man in a car last night whose life was violently taken.

Cllr Tuffy said:
"The discovery last night in Mount Andrew Rise of the body of a man, found in a burning car is the latest shocking incident in the Lucan area. This violent killing must be tackled as young families and children should not see this happening on their doorsteps.

“I condemn this latest incident, but it highlights the ability of criminals to act with impunity. Parents are having to explain these violent acts that is happening on their streets to their children.

“The discovery last night follows a recent shooting in another residential estate in September when a man was shot in a car. That this kind of reckless criminality has spread to local housing estates needs to be urgently tackled.

“We saw in 2016 and 2017 a series of violent killings in the Lucan and Clondalkin area so these latest attacks are the latest in a long line of criminality.  

“Local communities are deeply concerned at these escalating attacks. It is time to take on the growing number of gun shootings by committing the resources to tackle this once and for all.

"Continually insisting these incidents are an operational matter for the Gardaí is insulting to the communities who need protection. The Government must be seen to respond.”