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Wednesday, 3rd June 2020

Justice Department commits to plan to tackle gang crime in Drogheda

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Members of the Armed Support Unit guarding the a huge haul of drugs and guns seized by Gardaí in Drogheda in November 2019.

Commitments given today by senior officials at the Department of Justice to provide an action plan to tackle criminality and particularly the drug feud in Drogheda Have been welcomed by two of the town’s TD’s.

The commitment that moves would be made to deal directly and decisively with the heinous criminality and the underlying social issues that have blighted the town for years, came during separate meetings with Ged Nash and Fergus O’Dowd.

Fergus O’Dowd said the development is the commencement of a process that will see Drogheda put firmly at the top of Governments policy in terms of a concerted and unified approach to tackling the criminality and drug crime head on.

“I’m absolutely committed to delivering a practical plan alongside my colleagues in local community and voluntary organisations” he said.

“We must identify key areas in need of immediate investment and work hand in hand with local community organisation and services.

“I have consistently called on the Taoiseach and the Minister for Justice to fund a Mulvey Type Report for the Drogheda area that will unlock these funding streams for the areas and services most needed in our town.

“It is also critical that we have a buy in from all our local community organisations to ensure the plan is successful with their expert knowledge and support among local communities.”

Holistic and comprehensive response – Nash

Speaking following his meeting with senior officials from the Department, Labour’s Ged Nash said he was now satisfied that the Department of Justice at the most senior level understands that the gang crime issues in Drogheda demand a holistic and comprehensive response that goes beyond a policing and criminal justice approach.

“What we need to address the scourge of gang crime, and the fallout from it, is a multi-layered approach to the complex issues experienced in our communities, modelled as I have proposed time and again on the Mulvey approach to gang crime and social investment in Dublin’s north inner city.

“Government departments and agencies need to be involved in any response, but the local community has to have ownership of the initiative and the plan that will emerge from this process

“This whole new approach should enable us to attract and target funding to build resilience and develop the services, opportunities and social infrastructure needed in our town,” Deputy Nash concluded. 

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