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'Very successful' Dublin gardaí praised for 'incredible job' tackling gang crime in north inner city

Mr Donohoe also said the gardaí have done an "incredible job" in the area, responding to the "huge threat of organised crime that we faced four years ago".

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD during the launch of the 2020 North East Inner City (NEIC) Progress Report at St Mary’s Mansions Sean MacDermott St Lower, Dublin

Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD during the launch of the 2020 North East Inner City (NEIC) Progress Report at St Mary’s Mansions Sean MacDermott St Lower, Dublin

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Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD during the launch of the 2020 North East Inner City (NEIC) Progress Report at St Mary’s Mansions Sean MacDermott St Lower, Dublin

Gardaí have been praised for bringing gang criminals to justice as the Government launched the latest progress report on efforts to improve the lives of people living in Dublin's North-East Inner City (NEIC).

A task force was established to help the disadvantaged part of the capital amid the violent gang feud that began in 2016.

Finance Minster Paschal Donohoe - a TD for the area - hailed progress made by the NEIC initiative at a launch outside the regenerated St Mary's Mansions housing complex.

He said the "beautiful homes" delivered in the refurbished block are an example of progress that has been made.

Mr Donohoe also said the gardaí have done an "incredible job" in the area, responding to the "huge threat of organised crime that we faced four years ago".

He said yesterday's launch was taking place near the locations of "terrible murders" that happened in recent years.

"Due to the efforts of the gardaí, they have been successful in bringing to justice those who needed to be brought to justice," Mr Donohoe said.

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 Michael Darragh McAuley Sports & Community Manager Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD Micheal Stone Chairperson North East Inner City (NEIC) during the launch of the 2020 North East Inner City (NEIC) Progress Report at St Mary’s Mansions Sean MacDermott St Lower, Dublin

Michael Darragh McAuley Sports & Community Manager Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD Micheal Stone Chairperson North East Inner City (NEIC) during the launch of the 2020 North East Inner City (NEIC) Progress Report at St Mary’s Mansions Sean MacDermott St Lower, Dublin

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Michael Darragh McAuley Sports & Community Manager Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe TD Micheal Stone Chairperson North East Inner City (NEIC) during the launch of the 2020 North East Inner City (NEIC) Progress Report at St Mary’s Mansions Sean MacDermott St Lower, Dublin

"The guards have also been very successful in preventing further crime and further threats to local residents in recent years.

"Without their work, we wouldn't have been able to achieve what has been achieved."

He also said efforts to help the area were "more than the security response" and were about how local communities are supported.

Mr Donohoe highlighted the improvements to housing as well as work in local primary schools that will continue into next year.

More than €6.5m was spent as part of NEIC taskforce initiatives in 2020.

Work has included the City Connects Programme that aims to build a network of support for primary school students in the NEIC, their families and the schools that serve them.

Progress has also been made by the drug and alcohol addiction response team, the homeless case management team and the residential stabilisation programme.

The three initiatives were originally fully-funded by the NEIC and have now secured mainstream funding from the Department of Health for next year.

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