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From a research study about criminal networks in Dublin South Central called Building Community Resilience by Dr Johnny Connolly

A new study examining the “nature and reach” of “the key criminal/anti-social behaviour networks in Dublin South Central”, carried out in collaboration with An Garda Síochána, has been published.

It was carried out by Dr Johnny Connolly, of the School of Law at University of Limerick, and Jane Mulcahy, of University College Cork.

From the study:

“The overall network, including a crime (not traffic) and intelligence link came to about 650 people, which was then pared down to two networks named: Dublin South Central Network One (SCN1) with 44 individuals, and Dublin South Central Network Two (SCN2) comprising 52 individuals.

“These networks consist of individuals who have offended at least once in 2015-2016. Broken down by area and population, this makes up 1.2% of the population aged from 12 to 40 years of age – 92% of offenders are from this age bracket.

“There are 1,457 offenders in the area in 2015-16, or 2.8% of the population aged 12 to 39. 97.2% of this cohort have not offended over this time period.

“This figure must be treated with caution due to the widespread reluctance across many areas of DSC to report crime, either due to fear of reprisal or a belief that little would be done about it, or for some other reason.

“These issues are raised repeatedly at various community fora throughout the area, as discussed later in this report.

“Notwithstanding these issues, which also arise in other similar communities, it needs to be recognised that, although these networks can cause significant harm, they represent a very small proportion of the residents of such communities.

“It is important to highlight this point as it speaks to the unjustifiable stigma that is often attached to such communities, via the media and elsewhere.

“The research examined a number of crime hotspots throughout the area. The extent to which these hotspots are linked to criminal networks is discussed, with the view expressed that they are more linked to nightlife activity or are associated with small-scale crime linked to dependent drug users accessing local treatment and homeless services.

“It also highlights responses which indicate that most crime in the Ballyfermot area, for example, is not reported by local people so this clearly has a big effect on the data.

“This point is also made repeatedly by local Community Activists in the focus group reports…

“On the other hand, due to the control exerted by the network, other types of crime are less likely to happen in the area so as not to attract Gardai attention.

“One Garda respondent acknowledges the limitations of the Gardai influence in the respective area, referring to it as being ‘self-policed’ due to a combination of fear or respect for prominent network members.”

One unnamed Garda told the researchers this about one “network member”:

“I would know the family of SC17 extremely well. He…would be the third eldest of six, and his oldest brother came to my attention in the Guards and ended up getting charged for off ences.

“This young person (SC 17) ended up in Oberstown…And so there was three more children after that, so I would have had quite a lot of dealings with that family.

“He was an early school leaver, he tried to go to a special school with smaller classrooms and fewer subjects shorter school days and wasn’t successful.

“His older brother was successful in that environment but he wasn’t. What more can I tell you about him. Very little constructive past-times, spare time activities.

“A lot of services were linking in, open to social work. Involved with the youth project, referred to a Garda youth project didn’t take that up.

“I suppose came to the Garda attention from a young age as well and committed an awful lot of offences at an early age and was nearly unsuitable for inclusion in the diversion program from a very young age.”

The report can be read in full from this link

Anti-social behaviour used by gangs to control parts of south Dublin – research (Sean McCárthaigh, The Irish Times)

From top: Sinn Fein TD Martin Kenny; Lucia and Jim O’Farrell and their late son, Shane

This afternoon.

At 1pm, the Dáil will vote on a Fianna Fáil motion regarding the terms of reference into a review of Shane O’Farrell’s death by Judge Gerard Haughton.

On Tuesday night, after Fianna Fáil moved its motion, Sinn Féin introduced an amendment.

SInn Fein TD Martin Kenny said:

“Sinn Féin has tabled an amendment to the motion, which we will move. It is a very short amendment and relates to the relationship, official and unofficial, of Mr. Gridziuska with An Garda Síochána handlers of informers.

We feel, as would anyone looking at this situation, there is an issue here that has not been recognised heretofore and that needs to be included in any scoping exercise or fair review of what happened because we believe that that particular issue has in many cases around the country led to tragic circumstances.

This is only one of such tragic circumstances.

The Minister’s pronouncement that he is determined to recognise that the law has to be followed and to ensure that it is followed properly in all of this would sound good if we were in a situation where people could see evidence of that.

The evidence before us is that the Government is continuing to shift the situation to one side and to ensure that that will not happen.

I hope that the Minister will withdraw the Government amendment this evening, that both the Government and Fianna Fáil will accept our amendment, which was tabled in good faith, and that the Government will support the amended motion to ensure it delivers on this.

Supporting this motion, which undoubtedly will get through when it is voted on at the end of this week, is only one thing. It puts in place a motion that does not bind the Government but it needs to step up to the mark and ensure it delivers for this family.”

Later, Fianna Fail TD Jim O’Callaghan said:

“I have not had an opportunity to consider the Sinn Féin amendment but, to judge from what Deputy Adams stated, the issue Sinn Féin seems to want to have included is whether or not the Lithuanian man was in any way involved in working as an informer for An Garda Síochána.

I had never heard that before, I am not aware of it and I do not think it has been suggested before.”

Transcript here.

More as we get it.

Previously: Shane O’Farrell on Broadsheet

Chief Superintendent Declan Daly

Last night.

An Garda Síochána issued an alert to sex workers after they announced they were investigating seven attacks on sex workers since mid-October.

They also appealed for any sex workers who have been attacked to come forward without fear.

The Irish Times reported:

Investigators are working closely with the injured parties involved and treating the victims with “the utmost sensitivity and confidentiality”.

Detectives attached to Operation Quest – which focuses on securing convictions against individuals involved in organising prostitution – at the Garda National Protective Services Bureau are liaising with local units.

They have issued an appeal to others who may have been subject to a similar attack to immediately report the incident.

Further to this..

Chief Superintendent Declan Daly spoke to Bryan Dobson on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Bryan Dobson: “So to be absolutely clear here. A sex worker, who is assaulted, comes forward to the gardaí and speaks to you will not face prosecution? That simply doesn’t arise?”

Declan Daly: “Absolutely. That’s not even a consideration. The consideration is the welfare and the harm  and the danger that they’re in at the moment.”

Dobson: “Do you have advice for sex workers, given that your suspicion presumably is that these attacks are ongoing and are organised and systematic.”

Daly: “Yeah I think they need to be very vigilant at the moment. Particularly when, if they’re taking online clients because that’s the medium through which these attacks are starting. So I think they need to be very vigilant in relation to that and obviously if they are concerned about a client, well obviously they just vacate the appointment or cancel the appointment.”

Dobson: “And are there precautions they can take?”

Daly: “Well, it’s very difficult because I suppose the nature of the work is that, is difficult, is that it’s people that they don’t know and I suppose, I mean they can simply, at the moment, and we’re working very diligently and quickly to resolve this issue.

So they could, if they were of a mind to, forgo online appointments and maybe deal with people whom they know from previous encounters.”

Dobson: “Clearly, they’re very vulnerable, they’re very isolated and very exposed to this kind of attack.”

Daly: “Yeah, correct. I mean working in the prostitution industry are a lot of vulnerable people. There’s a high element of exploitation in that industry so we’re very concerned for the safety and welfare of these people.”

Gardaí investigate attacks ‘on sex workers primarily in the Dublin area’ (Mark Hilliard, The Irish Times)

Listen back to Morning Ireland item in full here

Previously: Mass Surveillance On Sex Workers?



This afternoon.

County Louth.

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit and Garda Negotiator team deal with a hostage situation outside the Newtown Fane pumping station during a training exercise today.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Meanwhile...

This afternoon.

Castleblayney County Monaghan.

Fire Service personnel in chemical suits join members of the emergency services from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in a training exercise as they deal with a major incident involving a fuel truck which has crashed into a bus on a rural road.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

This morning.

The Public Accounts Committee’s chairman Fianna Fáil TD Seán Fleming gave the committee a brief update from the gardai on the thousands of drivers who were wrongfully convicted, and wrongfully given penalty points, by gardai between 2006 and 2016.

In April 2016, it emerged that some 146,865 summonses had been issued incorrectly for motorists who weren’t given an opportunity to pay a fixed penalty notice.

Of those 146,865 summonses, 14,700 cases resulted in a penalty being imposed by the courts.

At the same time, it emerged gardai had claimed to have carried out one million breath tests which never took place.

This morning, Mr Fleming said that, of those 14,700 people, fines have to be reimbursed to approximately 12,000 people.

And he said, of those 12,000 people, the gardai have only been able to track down 4,000 of these motorists.

Mr Fleming said:

“So in otherwords, what they’re [gardai] saying is they want to go back into court to get the case struck out and the [penalty] points removed but they need the consent of the person before they bring their name into court.”

“Out of the 12,000, there’s only 4,000 consents that have been granted to date.”

Mr Fleming added that the gardai also said that they have yet to meet or speak to a motorist who lost their driver’s licence as a consequence of the blunder – despite several people making this claim on TV or radio back in 2016.

Mr Fleming added:

“Here we are, it’s not a great administration system, three years on, that only a third of the people have been tied down. It speaks for itself.”

He added that perhaps some of the motorists affected have already had the incorrect points extinguished from their licence, due to time lapsed.

Previously: A Breathtaking Timeline

Rollingnews

An Garda Siochana tweetz:

Dublin Traffic: There is currently a skip in the middle lanes of the M50 Northbound at J4 Ballymun. Emergency services are currently en route. Please approach with extreme care.

Jay.

Kers.

UPDATE:


Top from left: deputy Commissioner John Twomey, Garda Commissioner Drew Harris, Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn and Chief Administrative Office Joseph Nugent

This afternoon.

Harcourt Street, Dublin 2

Garda Commissioner Drew Harris unveils the new Garda Operating Model, considered to be ‘the biggest restructuring of the force in modern times’.

An Garda Síochána says that there will be an increasing number of community policing teams.

It also says that there will be a reduction in administrative structures and the community policing teams will be working with communities to identify and tackle problem crimes in their area.

…the changes are designed to deal with the changes in Irish society, including the diversity of communities, the nature of crime and changes in the garda workforce.

…there will be an improvement in garda technical capabilities to tackle cyber crime, with 50 gardaí currently studying for a postgraduate qualification in economic crime.

Among the changes included is a reduction in garda regions from six to four and a reduction in the number of garda divisions from 28 to 19.

This is designed to release more gardaí to frontline duties and deliver a more localised service to communities…

FIGHT!

Nearly 1,800 extra gardaí at frontline as part of structural changes (RTÉ)

Full report here

Rollingnews

Meanwhile…

A former Garda member who has campaigned for years for the force to admit he was dismissed because he was gay has now been told by Garda Commissioner Drew Harris that his “alleged involvement in homosexual activity” was the issue.

“A document has been located at the Department of Justice and Equality and provided to me, and indicates that your services were dispensed with in advance of your position being confirmed due to suspicions of your alleged involvement in homosexual activity,” Mr Harris has now said in a letter to him.

Garda was sacked in 1982 over ‘alleged homosexual activity’, Harris confirms (Irish Times)

Related: 1982: I was a garda. I was gay. I lost my job (Conor Lally, Irish Times, July 20, 2019)

Previously: ‘I Was Treated Like A Pariah’