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More community policing needed in Dublin South Central

11 December 2019

Statement by Cllr Rebecca Moynihan
Spokesperson on Community Arts

Following the publication of the University of Limerick report into criminal behaviour networks in Dublin South Central, Labour Party representative for the South West Inner City, Rebecca Moynihan, has called for substantial investment in intensive community policing in Dublin South-Central.

Councillor Moynihan said:

“Today’s report by the University of Limerick shines light on the reality of the drugs situation for many communities right across Dublin South Central from inner-city areas like Rialto to Walkinstown on the county boundary. 

“The nature and extent of crime and anti-social behaviour in Dublin South Central is a major concern, and communities are all too that adequate action is not being taken to tackle it. Of particular concern in the South West Inner City is the dealing and use of drugs, which far too often is carried out in the open and without fear of consequences.

“We are crying out for more community policing right across Dublin South Central. While there are excellent monitoring facilities in Kevin Street, Crumlin and Ballyfermot Garda stations, there is not enough of a Garda presence on the streets. 

“The reality is that sweetener deals to keep the likes of Shane Ross happy have seriously damaged investment in Garda resources in Dublin South Central. It’s not good enough that stations like Stepaside can be reopened when we don’t have enough Gardaí to deal with the rise of serious drug related and gang land crimes in areas such as Crumlin and the Inner City. 

“Our communities are extremely concerned about the rise in crime, especially with children as young as twelve being put at the centre of drug related activity. We want and need more of a Garda presence on our streets. 

“If Fine Gael were serious about being the party of law and order, they would ensure that the investment that is required to deal with gangland and drug related activity is diverted to communities in Dublin South Central.”