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Thursday, 21st May 2020

Drogheda crime task force announced in January kicked into touch- Nash

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Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan pictured leavig Drogheda Garda Station after their briefing with local Gardaí in January.

A response similar to the Mulvey Commission in the north inner city is what’s required for Drogheda

Drogheda's Labour TD Ged Nash has accused Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan of reneging on their promise to establish a crime task force in Drogheda.

Speaking in the wake of the brutal murder of Keane Mulready-Woods, during a visit to Drogheda during the general election campaign, Mr. Varadkar said: "I am here in Drogheda today to express my revulsion and condemnation of the very serious crime that has taken place here and to assure the people of Drogheda that the Government is 100% behind them.”

That was on January 17th but today local Labour TD Ged Nash has criticised Fine Gael saying that they have kicked those promises into touch.

“I’ve said it time and again, and this proves my point, Fine Gael see the Drogheda gang feud as purely a policing and criminal justice matter. It’s much more complex than that” Deputy Nash said.

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Nash said he was encouraged back in January when the Taoiseach announced that he would look to establish a task force because he had been calling for such a force for almost two years to “…address in a holistic fashion the serious challenges in our community in terms of deprivation, disadvantage, access to opportunity and lack of investment in addiction and treatment services.

“It’s clear from a reply I received this week from the Minister for Justice that we are no further on. It now appears that the current government wants to kick this into touch and let a new administration make the decision on a task force for Drogheda.

“Recent drugs hauls and arrests are a credit to the hard work and perseverance of our Gardaí. But a holistic response, similar to the Mulvey Commission in the north inner city is what’s required for Drogheda if we are to beat the gangs and build resilience in our communities.

“I plan to meet Department of Justice officials very soon in order to move this issue on.”

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