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Local Crime Shoots Up !

A spate of criminal incidents since the turn of the New Year has North County locals concerned at the apparent growing rate of crime in the area. Residents in the quiet area of Drynam Drive were shocked to hear a number of shots fired in a house on the street at approximately 10.00pm last Wednesday night. Twenty-nine year old John Paul Brennan was shot numerous times and was quickly taken to Beaumont Hospital where he is in a stable condition. The victim was shot at his girlfriend’s house, who was in the house during the attack as well a young baby that was asleep in another room. Nobody else was injured as a result of the shooting. The scene was technically examined the following morning and nearby residents were questioned for further information. Any person who may have been in the area of Drynam Drive, Kinsealy between 9.00pm and 11.00pm and may have witnessed anything unusual are asked to contact Coolock Garda Station on 6664200 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800666111. Speaking following the shooting local Councillor Darragh Butler expressed his concern at the rising levels of violent crime. “I am concerned that much of the violent crime we are witnessing is due to the use of drugs. Where drugs are a problem crime won’t be very far behind. Anyone involved in drugs needs to take a look at themselves and see what is happening as a result.” Cllr Butler continued “in relation to last week’s shooting I would encourage anyone who might have been in the area to come forward with any information. While it may seem unimportant we need to let the Gardaí decide if it is helpful or not.”

In a separate incident last Tuesday, January 6th the Garda National Drugs Unit, with assistance from local Gardaí, carried out a planned search at as business premises in Balbriggan. The search led Gardaí to discover approximately 250kg of cannabis resin, which was seized at the location. The drugs, which were still subject to analysis at the time of going to print were estimated to have a street value of E1.75m. A 47 year old man was arrested following the search and appeared at Balbriggan District Court the following day. The man was remanded in custody and will appear at Swords District Court tomorrow, January 14th at 10.30am.

Local Sinn Féin representative Fergus Byrne welcomed the seizure of the drugs last week and commended the Gardaí for their action. Following the haul Mr Byrne said, “I welcome today’s seizure of drugs in Balbriggan. It will undoubtedly be a serious blow to the drugs gang responsible and I would like to congratulate the Garda officers involved. While this seizure is to be welcomed it is clear from the last year or so that increased seizures are evidence of increased demand and availability of drugs in our city and towns. I would encourage the community to remain vigilant, to report suspicious

activity. I would also encourage people to actively use the confidential non-Garda “dial to stop drug dealing” free phone number, 1800 220 220, to report drug dealing in their local areas.” Byrne continued, “It will take a combined approach to tackle the scourge of drugs; extra resources for the Garda drug squads; increased funding for those working

at the coalface in dealing with drug addiction and an alert local community.”

News of the shooting and drugs haul follow a increased number of incidents, particularly public disorder incidents, that the Gardaí were faced with on New Years Eve and over the course of the following weekend. With approximately 25 incidents over a four day period Gardaí resources were stretched as they faced one of the toughest festive periods for some time.

Local representatives are urging the community to be vigilant and to pull together to ensure that the North County remains a safe place to live for all its residents.