Dáil debates

Thursday, 22 September 2022

Ceisteanna ar Pholasaí nó ar Reachtaíocht - Questions on Policy or Legislation

 

12:40 pm

Photo of Leo VaradkarLeo Varadkar (Dublin West, Fine Gael)

I thank Deputy Berry for raising this issue. We have all seen the video footage of what happened in Cherry Orchard. We are all taken aback and rather shocked at the scenes we saw and unreservedly condemn what happened. I have visited Cherry Orchard on a number of occasions. I spent time there with the former Minister of State, Catherine Byrne, before the pandemic and I have spoken to Senator Seery Kearney, who represents the area, in recent days. Cherry Orchard is a good community full of some really good people. They should not have to put up with a small number of people essentially wreaking terror on the majority of decent people who live there. It requires a response from the Government that is tough on both crime and the causes of crime. The Deputy will see a response from the Government in that regard in resources for the Garda and in measures to reduce disadvantage, which drives crime in some parts of our city.

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