Capuchian friar Fr Bryan Shorthall has called for the next Government to prioritise tackling crime after a bag of human body parts was found near his church in his parish in Coolock, Dublin on Monday night.
The bag was left near the church in Priorswood, outside a row of houses at Moatview Gardens and Moatview Drive near where local children walk to school.
Fr Shorthall says schoolchildren would have walked past the crime scene on Tuesday morning. A group of teenagers are said to have found the bag.
He said he wishes those who seek to run for office in this election well and wishes luck to people who are elected as “they have a huge job of work to do in health, education and homelessness”.
He said: “I believe a priority of the next government should be tackling crime and supporting an Garda Síochana. People in our area are quite shocked and fearful,” he said as the incident shook the area.
A garda spokesman said: “The alarm was raised shortly before 10pm when what are understood to be human limbs were found in a bag outside houses at the junction of Moatview Gardens and Drive.”
Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan has said: “This was a depraved act of violence. I wish to extend my sincere sympathy to the family of the victim.”