A New Community Safety Innovation Fund will channel the proceeds of crime back into our communities to combat corruption and reflect local priorities. Dublin Mid-West TD, Emer Higgins has welcomed the new fund which on foot of a suggestion by Clondalkin Councillor Kenneth Egan was announced by Government.
“The Gardai and the Criminal Assets Bureau have been hugely successful in seizing the illegal proceeds of crime in the local area and I really commend them for their work,” said Deputy Higgins. “This brand new fund will channel the proceeds of crime back into our communities and will fund community safety projects that cater to the specific needs of the constituency.”
This initiative was the brain-child of Clondalkin Councillor Kenneth Egan, who has welcomed the announcement of the fund. “A life of crime is far too lucrative for the people at the centre of these organised crime gangs and they’ve been benefiting off the profits of their crime for far too long,” Said Cllr Egan.
“This new fund will put that money back where it belongs, and that’s in the hands of the community, where we can work to break the ties between criminal gangs and our young people and invest in safety measures to keep people safe at a local level,” concluded Cllr Egan.
“Community Safety Partnerships, made up of local people, community representatives and state services will be at the heart of deciding how any funds will be used but the most important element in all of this is that we are using the proceeds of crime to counteract criminal activity and to keep our communities safe,” added Deputy Higgins.