29 June 2010

Local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald condemns Neilstown Shooting

Local Fine Gael Senator Frances Fitzgerald has condemned the fatal shooting of two brothers and injury of a teenage boy on the Neilstown Road on Monday night.

 “The shooting on Monday happened in broad day light on a busy road putting the local community at risk. Gun crime and gangland activity are serious issues that can have disasterous effects on innocent by-standards. Local residents I have spoken to are shocked and upset at this incident, they fear escalation. Any escalation of violence is a real problem but when guns are involved that problem is even more serious and shows that we need a tough approach to guns and to gangland activity,” said Frances Fitzgerald.

“The incident shows the huge level of pressure on both the community here in the Neilstown/Ronanstown area and the Gardai. Tough action must be taken to stamp out gangland crime. Yet the Government continues to shy away from responsibility. Urgent gangland legislation was rushed through the Dáil last year to make gang membership an offence, with Fine Gael’s full support - now we want to see prosecutions and convictions,” continued Frances Fitzgerald.

“Fine Gael wants tough measures, including a 25 year mandatory sentence for gangland murder. And we want more Gardaí freed from routine paperwork duties and returned to frontline policing. A 2009 report showed that almost 12% of the Force remains stuck behind desks,” continued Senator Fitzgerald.

“The additional resources based at Ronanstown Garda Station are a welcome move and I do hope that Garda visibility will increase as a result. Local Community Gardai are now also available to speak to residents at the Ronanstown Youth Centre as well as at the local Garda Station. Anyone with additional information who wishes to come forward can contact Ronanstown Garda Station on 666 770,” concluded Frances Fitzgerald.