AUSTRALIA’S biggest city has been stripped of its nickname and its reputation for the most deadly crime in the world as its reputation has been tarnished by a spate of stabbings, robberies and gang-related shootings.
The capital city of Dublin, with a population of almost 7 million, was the focus of an investigation by the Irish Government after it emerged the city had a reputation as a haven for drug trafficking and gang activity.
Dublin was also dubbed ‘Switzerland’ because of the way the city has evolved since the Second World War.
This week, the Irish Parliament passed legislation that aims to strip the city’s nickname from the city and its official seal and rename it Dublin.
However, the legislation will not apply to any other Irish cities.
Mr Adams, who was the chief constable of Dublin until this week, said he was “disappointed” the Irish authorities had not gone further to make the city more secure.
“It is important to highlight the importance of our city as a place to live, work and visit,” he said.
“We have a reputation for being a haven and we have lost that in this country.”
Our city has also become a place where criminals thrive.
In recent years, we have seen an increase in robberies and assaults in the city centre.
“Mr Adams said the legislation was necessary to ensure that criminals did not find sanctuary there and had taken “significant” steps to improve security and public safety.
He said the Government would continue to work with the private sector to address the issues identified by the police.
But the Mayor of Dublin Leo Varadkar was scathing of the Government’s approach to the issue.
We have got to stop being afraid to call Dublin a Swiss city and to actually take some steps, he said, according to the Irish Times.
It is a very important city, it’s a very attractive city, but the Government needs to start taking some steps now to make Dublin a more attractive place to work and live.
For the first time in the past 10 years, Dublin was not ranked as the safest city in the country by the Crime Prevention Council of Ireland.
While there were more stabbers in the capital in 2013 than in any year since 2008, police recorded one fatal stabbing last year.
A total of 3,093 assaults were recorded in Dublin last year, with an average of 1,527 per day.
An extra police officer was added to the force last year to help keep Dubliners safe, but he said this had been offset by a rise in other crime.
Police have received more than 1,100 tips in the last year about the possibility of gang activity in the Irish capital, Mr Varadar said.”
This is not about being the Swiss Alps, it is not the Alps,” he told the Irish broadcaster RTÉ.
Local authorities across the country are also reviewing their security strategies. “
But we need to be careful not to overstate our importance,” he added.
Local authorities across the country are also reviewing their security strategies.
One of the biggest changes in the wake of the attacks in March was a ban on social media.
Some social media companies have already removed some of their apps from the Irish App Store, with one company, PlayBook, cutting ties with the Irish company that runs it, after a similar incident.
Another is Apple, which has also removed the app from its iOS store.
There are also fears the police are over-reacting.
Last week, a gunman killed two police officers and wounded two others at a suburban police station in the UK, a crime that sparked outrage around the world.
After the killings, Prime Minister Leo Varady told the BBC he was concerned about “the fact that our police forces in the north and south are being under enormous pressure to be more proactive and effective”.
Mr Varady said the Prime Minister was “doing his bit” but he believed “that it is very dangerous to put too much emphasis on that”.
In a speech in Berlin, Mr Hollande said the attack in Ireland would be a “test” for the country and that “a strong response will be needed”.
He added: “We will work together to make sure that we protect our citizens and the lives of others.
Irish police are committed to the safety of their officers and the public and will always protect them from the dangers of the internet.”
They have been the target of numerous threats and the police have been under increasing pressure to act.
More than 200 Irish citizens have been killed by criminals online since 2011.
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