'Breakdown of order' judge should apologise to people of Tallaght, says TD

Tallaght garda station

A Labour TD has called for a judge to withdraw a comment he made in relation to social order breaking down in Tallaght in Dublin.

Judge Anthony Halpin said he was worried about a total breakdown of order in Tallaght and said the civil defence should be drafted in.

He made the comments following the fatal shooting of 41-year-old Michael Devoy last weekend and Dale Creighton's violent death at the beginning of the month.

Eamon Malony, Labour TD for Dublin South West, said it was insulting that a judge would make such comments, and called for an apology.

"I think it's regrettable that any judge would make a judgement about an entire community which he obviously knows very little about," he said.

"It's very insensitive and I don’t know what his purpose was in making these remarks in the first place. I feel strongly...that he should withdraw these remarks, and apologise."

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