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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 9 March 2004

Tuesday, 9 March 2004

Questions (309, 310)

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

396 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he has had communications with the Garda Commissioner, in the wake of three murders in the past month in the Dublin south-central area, regarding the increased murder rate in the area; and if he has discussed or considered the setting up of a task force in Dublin south-central similar to that recently set up to tackle gangland killings in Limerick. [7898/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

There have been four murders in the Dublin south-central division since 1 January 2004. There has been a detection in respect of one of these and a person is before the courts. In another case a file is being prepared for the directions of the law officers. Investigations are still ongoing in respect of the other two murders committed.

The Garda authorities have also informed me that the resources at the disposal of Garda management to investigate these murders are adequate and it is not considered necessary to set up a task force in Dublin south-central.

Aengus Ó Snodaigh

Question:

397 Aengus Ó Snodaigh asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will report on the number of shooting related incidents in the past year in the various Garda districts of the Dublin south-central area, including the Garda stations of Ballyfermot, Kilmainham, Sundrive, Crumlin village and Kevin Street; and the dates of these incidents. [7899/04]

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I have made inquiries with the Garda authorities about the number of shooting related incidents in 2003 and 2004 for the Garda stations mentioned in the Deputy's question. The information sought by the Deputy is outlined in the following tables. The Deputy should note that the figures for 2003 and 2004 are provisional and subject to a validation process.

Table 1

Murders where firearms where used

2003

2004*

Garda Station

Recorded

Detected

Recorded

Detected

Kevin St

1

1

2

0

Kilmainham

2

1

0

0

Ballyfermot

0

0

1

0

*as of 08/03/04

Table 2

Discharging of firearm

2003

2004*

Garda Station

Recorded

Detected

Recorded

Detected

Ballyfermot

2

0

1

0

Kevin Street

6

1

4

0

Kilmainham

3

2

1

0

Crumlin

2

1

1

0

Sundrive Rd

4

0

1

0

*as of 08/03/04

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the disclosure of specific information about the discharging of firearm offences is not appropriate for operational reasons as many are still under investigation.

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