25 July 2012

Clondalkin Robbery to Stay on the Govt Agenda- Fitzgerald

Local TD and Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Frances Fitzgerald, has condemned today’s armed robbery on Clondalkin’s Bank of Ireland branch on Newlands Road. At approximately 10am just after the bank had opened, three armed and masked men entered the bank. The men then ordered the staff to hand over their tills amounting to €3, 000.

“I am shocked by the events that happened today and more so that this has been the 7th such incident in recent days. I understand that all those who were in the bank at the time are physically unharmed but the fright that they received will take a while to heal. My thoughts are with all those involved today,” said Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald has assured that these recent robberies will remain on the Government’s agenda with Minister Alan Shatter set to meet with the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan this week.

“I understand that my colleague, Minister Shatter, will be discussing these robberies along with the Phoenix Park stabbings with Commissioner Callinan. Over the past two weeks, the public’s attention has been on this recent spate of crimes and Commissioner Callinan believes that there will be arrests made over the coming days,” said Fitzgerald.

Minister Shatter has also announced that one Assistant Commissioner, four chief superintendents and 13 superintendents will be appointed in the next few days with interviews for a further eight senior officer ongoing.

“I welcome Minister Shatter’s announcement of new senior Gardaí to help tackle criminality. I sincerely hope that no one else has to experience the terror that the customers and staff of Bank of Ireland in Clondalkin did and that those engaging in such behaviour will be apprehended,” concluded Fitzgerald.