Mohamed Tienti says that the morning after it happened, he felt ashamed showing his face at work.
“I laughed when I heard people say that they should put armed guards on the streets,” says Eddie Mullins. “What are they going to do? Shoot people?”
“This is a model of good practice that has worked really well in the past,” says Social Democrats Councillor Tara Deacy.
And when it does happen, will it be matched with investment in detox beds? And should it now cater, also, to the growing number of crack cocaine users?
“It is regularly used for intravenous drug use and is littered with needles and other drug paraphernalia,” says a council report.
In 2021, Justice Minister Helen McEntee announced a “community-safety partnership” for the area. It hasn’t yet finished its plan for what to do.
Since February, Superintendent Seán Fallon has been supervisor of the Garda National Diversity and Integration Unit.
Hirantha Pereira says he mostly tries to forget his sister Belinda’s murder in Dublin in 1996, but sometimes he daydreams about what it would be like if she was still alive.
“You can’t have people living in that psychological fear all the time,” says Lucy Michael, who co-authored the report from the Irish Network Against Racism.
They’ve heard about – and witnessed – violent attacks on queer people and feel the Gardaí aren’t doing enough, members of the newly formed group say.