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Sunday 4 December 2016

Taoiseach vows to meet more inner city groups

Paschal Donohoe
Paschal Donohoe

Taoiseach Enda Kenny will meet with more groups from the north inner city about rebuilding their area in the wake of gangland crime.

This is expected to happen "over the next couple of weeks", Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe has said.

Mr Donohoe was speaking after a meeting between the Taoiseach and public representatives from the Dublin Central area yesterday. This focused on the interventions that need to be put in place to help communities there.

The Government's plans on the matter are expected to be made known before the Dail recess.

"In relation to the need for local employment, we are going to have more economic activity in the north inner city than we have seen for many years," Mr Donohoe said.

"We see the development of a local apprenticeship programme as being part of how we deliver that."

Tanaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald, who was also present at the meeting, emphasised the importance of community policing.

"Right now we need to have the level of intensive policing which is happening in the inner city. That has to continue," she said.

"Community policing will be developed right across the country and that is more possible as we bring more garda recruits into Templemore."

She said some representatives were concerned that there was a risk of north inner city areas being seen "in a very stereotype way" after the "ruthless murders".

Demand

"There are wonderful services in the area but there are clearly long-term issues, particularly around education and housing and supports for vulnerable families.

"The drugs issue is a very complex one across the whole country. There is a demand for drugs and we have to look at who is buying the drugs as well.

"That is a national conversation to be had," she added.

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