Over 75% of Irish people think gangland violence is out of control
The survey was conducted before the barbaric murder and butchering of Co Louth teen Keane Mulready-Woodsi
Over 75% of people reckon gangland violence has spiralled out of control in Ireland, according to a new survey.
iReach asked 1,000 adults across the country about their views on violence and startling figures have shown 84% think crime will impact innocent people.
Three in 10 adults fear for their safety.
And surprisingly this figure was significantly higher among those aged between 18-24, at 52%.
A total of 76% of adults agreed that gangland violence is out of control in Ireland.
Reacting to the findings, Executive Director of the Crime Victims Helpline, Michele Puckhaber, told the Irish Mirror: “Like anyone who has been following the news, we are shocked and horrified by the escalating gang violence.
“I am not surprised by the figures from the iReach survey.
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“We have heard on the helpline from people who are feeling increasingly vulnerable and fearful both in their homes and out in the community.
“These are people who are just trying to live their lives – go to work, attend classes, socialise – in peace.
“Seeing news reports about the violence can have a particularly powerful impact on people who have experienced trauma or violence in their past.”
That’s despite Taoiseach Leo Varadkar stating the country is a safe place earlier this week.
Meanwhile, nine in 10 adults agreed that punishment for gangland crime should be more severe.
And 85% of those surveyed agreed that laws should be passed to make crime gang membership illegal.
Oisin Byrne, iReach Managing Director said: “The strength of the findings nationwide reflects how people feel that gangland crime is getting out of control with many fearing the direct impact on their individual communities across the country.
“There is a sense that An Garda Siochana are increasing resources and focused enforcements but more severe judicial actions are needed with almost 3.2 million adults in Ireland (or 9 in 10 of all adults) agreeing that punishment for gangland crime should be more severe to create a deterrent for such violent activities.
“Furthermore, 85% of those surveyed agreed that laws should be passed to make crime gang membership illegal which might allow early interventions by the Garda to stop recruitment of younger members into joining such gangs.”
The Crime Victims Helpline, freephone 116 006, is a national voluntary organisation that provides emotional support, information and referrals to anyone who has been impacted by crime.