This week, our constituency was rocked by a two dastardly gun murders in broad daylight. I sought to adjourn order to stop the Dáil to immediately debate the serious need for urgent intervention from An Garda Síochána, Dublin City Council and the Government. Instead, I was granted a Topical Issue Debate and, on the floor of the Dáil, on Tuesday, myself and Minister of State in the Department of Justice and Equality, David Stanton, discussed the need for greatly enhanced community supports and additional resources for the Gardaí to combat this rise in gangland crime in the North of Dublin. I have also written to the Taoiseach, the Minister for Justice and Equality, the Minister for Rural and Community Development, the CEO and Deputy CEO of Dublin City Council, the Superintendent of Coolock Garda Station and the Deputy Garda Commissioner calling for much greater resources for Coolock and an implementation Task Force similar to what was established for the North Inner City following an earlier spate of violent gun crime there. I also contacted a number of our excellent community-based organisations and informed them that I had requested further supports for them also.
Election results have been coming in all week and I was very sorry to see that Councillors Paddy Bourke and Michael O’Brien didn’t retain their seats in Artane Whitehall and Donaghmede respectively. Congratulations to all the Councillors who were elected in the four Dublin Bay North wards of Howth/Malahide, Donaghmede, Artane Whitehall and Clontarf, especially those who ran for the first time. Special congratulations also to my colleague and new MEP for Dublin, Clare Daly, who will, no doubt, be a fearless fighter in the European Parliament. Her contributions in Dáil Éireann will certainly be missed.
This week, I also attended the Budgetary Oversight Committee, the Committee on Procedure and I asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty, about the waiting times for processing some payments. I met with representatives from Inclusion Ireland and attended a briefing on the call for an Irish Language Act for Northern Ireland. I finished and submitted my observations on both the Murdock’s planning application and Chivers Build-To-Rent proposal in Coolock.
I am putting the finishing touches to my newsletter, Northsider Vol 27 No 2, and hope to have it with you in coming weeks. Wishing you all a lovely bank holiday weekend and best of luck to the 40,000 of so women completing the Women’s Mini-Marathon on Sunday. Please note that I am not holding information clinics this weekend due to the bank holiday.