Labour calls for 10-year plan for inner city Dublin

Locals weary of sudden bursts of attention, says leader Brendan Howlin

Labour calls for 10-year plan for inner city Dublin

Public Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin | Image: Rollingnews.ie

The Labour Party is calling for a new 10-year plan for Dublin's North inner city in the wake of recent gang violence.

They say locals are weary of the sudden bursts of attention they get after a shooting, only to be forgotten when the story fades from public attention.

"I spent several hours in Dublin’s North Inner City in recent days," party leader Brendan Howlin said.

"The spotlight is shining on the area at this moment, thanks to the recent spate of gang-related gun deaths.

"What I heard in the conversations I had, was that locals were weary of the sudden bursts of attention that they get when awful situations like this arise, because their experience is that once the TV cameras disappear, and the killings are shifted off the front pages,  they are once again pretty much left to their own devices.

"What the people of North Inner City Dublin need is a ten-year plan that has all-party buy-in so that it can survive the vagaries of changes in government, changes in ministers and changes in personnel in state agencies."

Fianna Fáil's Dara Calleary has called on the Government to "put some money" into the area.