Labour Senator and General Election candidate Ged Nash is among several politicians to have commented today on the events of the last few days which have seen criminality in and around Drogheda reach a new and brutal low.
“The gun attack on an innocent man going about his work on Monday night and the separate gruesome murder of a local teenager shows that the people involved in this brutal campaign have simply no regard for life” Nash said.
“Enough is enough” he added. “This needs to be brought to an end now.”
He told Drogheda Life that he had fought hard to help secure additional resources for local Gardai to fight this deadly feud and to see people brought to justice.
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“We need these resources to be ramped up further and for activity to be intensified to take the people responsible off the streets and to see them brought to justice.
“In theory we have strong anti-gang legislation in Ireland. Those who are involved in directing criminal gangs can be locked up and tried before the non-jury Special Criminal Courts. This has not happened.
“We also need to urgently see a special Task Force established akin to the one set up in the north inner city of Dublin to examine and respond to this crippling issue in all its complexity in the short, medium and longer term and from a criminal justice, health, drugs, addiction, educational and socio-economic perspective.
Louth Fianna Fáíl TD and Spokesperson on Cross border co-operation Declan Breathnach has also said increased Garda resources are needed in Louth.
He was speaking in the aftermath of the attempted raid of an ATM in Dunleer in the early hours of this morning.
“Crime in Louth is simply out of control” he said. “The feud in Drogheda has led to shootings and murders becoming commonplace. We urgently need more Gardaí on the ground.
Sinn Féin Councillor Pearse McGeough has also hit out, specically at those responsible for an attempted theft of an ATM in Dunleer this morning.
“I and Deputy Imelda Munster have been very vocal on this issue and are hoarse screaming for more resources to be allocated to Louth Gardaí, especially the rural areas.
“These robberies are still happening and they are even brazen enough now to attempt to rob the same machine more than once. We need to keep the pressure on.”