Fianna Fáil Press Office

Declan Breathnach TD

Louth

 27th February 2019

 

Breathnach slams mindless shooting in Drogheda

 

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth, Declan Breathnach, has said the shooting of a man outside a retail park in the middle of the day has shown the recklessness of criminals in the county.

Deputy Breathnach was speaking following the shooting of a man in the M1 retail park in Drogheda and said, “It is frightening to think that there could have been innocent people caught in the crossfire.  The retail park is home to a Smyth’s Toystore and a Mothercare, both places where it’s reasonable to assume there are children accompanying their parents.

“The increase in criminal activity in the area is terrifying to the people of Drogheda. To think that something like this would happen when they are going about their everyday business is dreadful.

“While this latest shooting is said to be linked to an ongoing feud between two criminal gangs in the locality it clearly has the potential to impact on innocent bystanders. In recent weeks things had quietened down a little and consequently Gardaí were not as visible on the streets.

“I appreciate the hard work the Gardaí are doing under what are difficult circumstances but there is clearly a need for additional and more visible Garda presence in the area”, concluded Deputy Breathnach.

 

ENDS

Ciara Shaughnessy

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