At the conclusion of Mass in the Pro-Cathedral in Dublin on Monday 3 June 2019, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin, made a statement and appeal on the recurrent violence in Dublin in recent weeks.

The Archbishop of Dublin said that he has often expressed his concern over the violence of drug cartels in Dublin, but said: “In the past weeks, this violence has taken on an unprecedented level of depravity with shootings taking place unscrupulously near schools and shopping centres, leaving families terrified and children witnessing brutality that will leave scars on their lives for years.”

He continued: “The perpetrators and sponsors of such violence merit nothing but rejection and distain. They belong behind bars and their business of death must be undermined and destroyed.

“I appeal to anyone who can provide information about this sickening underworld to have the courage and the decency to come forward in the interest of all. I appeal to civil and community leaders to show a united and uncompromising response. I urge people to approach the GardaĆ­ either directly or indirectly to provide any information which can help remove this malignance from our streets.”

In conclusion, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said: “Where it can be ascertained that individuals hold direct responsibility in this traffic in evil they will no longer be allowed to exploit religious services in the Archdiocese of Dublin to enhance their image.”

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