Irish Independent - Monday, March 05, 2007
due soon to tackle city's crime wave
A REPORT commissioned
to tackle serious crime and violence in the troubled suburbs
of Limerick will be presented to the Government within three
Former Dublin city manager John Fitzgerald is putting the finishing
touches to his report, which will tackle all social issues,
including crime and education, in the Moyross and Southill areas.
He expects his recommendations
to be brought before senior government officials by month's
Keeping his cards
close to his chest, Mr Fitzgerald said the report would include
short-term recommendations to tackle immediate difficulties
and longer term solutions for other issues.
The final report
will be presented to a cabinet sub-committee, who will decide
what recommendations to implement.
Mr Fitzgerald said
he had been working in Limerick every week since last December.
"There are a lot of things which need to be done very quickly.
Some problems are more acute than others and these have to be
tackled first," he said.
He stressed that
the right solutions to a variety of problems had to be found.
"The focus of
the report will be longer term solutions over the next five
years. These problems will have to be dealt with in a more structured
However, it is understood
that 20 extra gardai will soon be deployed in at Henry Street,
Mayorstone and Roxboro Road garda stations after representations
from Mr Fitzgerald.
The new officers
to Limerick will focus on community policing.
Mr Fitzgerald was
appointed by the Government to head up the special taskforce
last October after several high-profile incidents in Moyross,
including an arson attack on two children and an upsurge in
Mr Fitzgerald's initial
remit was to issue recommendations to tackle problems on the
city's northside but his authority was subsequently extended
to cover other parts of Limerick, including Southill.
"I am continuing
to talk to people who are in the coalface," he said. "There
have been a lot of meetings with community groups and I have
received nothing but goodwill from everyone."