Dublin community procession over killings and drugs crisis

A Dublin community is to hold a procession this evening to demand an end to feud violence and the devastation caused by the drug crisis.

Dublin community procession over killings and drugs crisis

The north-east inner city has been hit by three murders since February linked to the Kinahan-Hutch feud — two of them within eleven days in April.

Community groups and locals will walk from four different churches in the area, leaving at 7pm, and descend at 7.30pm on the landmark Home memorial — for victims of drugs — on Buckingham St.

The procession has been organised by local networks within the four parishes of St Agatha’s (William St,) St Laurence O’Toole’s (Seville Place), Our Lady of Lourdes (Seán MacDermott St), and St Joseph’s Church (East Wall), as a response to violence and killings in the area.

“The community is appalled by the current violence on our streets, which is the most visible and extreme face of the devastation caused by nearly 40 years of a serious drugs crisis,” said Seanie Lambe, chairman of the Inner City Organisations Network.

The white ribbon procession, named Communities Standing Together, developed from a local meeting at the end of last month.

Mr Lambe said the procession was an opportunity for the people of the area to come together so their voices could be heard.

“First, we are supporting each other as a community and showing our solidarity in rejecting violence,” said Mr Lambe.

“Second, we are saying loud and clear to those responsible for the killings, that this must stop now.

“Third, we are calling for an immediate, urgent, and comprehensive response from government to address the devastating impact of the drugs trade that is imbedded in our area and to tackle the endemic and intergenerational disadvantage that allows the drugs trade to flourish.”

It comes as gardaí continued to question a suspected gunman in the Regency Hotel assault on February 5, in which Kinahan lieutenant David Byrne, from Crumlin, was shot dead.

That led to four murders by the Kinahan cartel. Garda operations are in place in both the north inner city and the Crumlin area to prevent further bloodshed.

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