Councillors in Dublin's north inner city have called for prison sentences to be doubled for knife possession following a spate of stabbing incidents including the killing of a 16-year-old boy last week.

The city council's monthly meeting held a minute's silence in memory of the dead boy and unanimously passed a number of emergency motions on knife crime.

One motion called for the prison sentence for possession of a knife to be increased from five years to ten as has been proposed in a private members bill from Fianna Fáil's Jim O'Callaghan TD.

The motion was put forward by independent North city councillors Nial Ring, Anthony Flynn, Cieran Perry and Christy Burke and also called for a Ministerial task force to be set up.

Another cross party motion called for a meeting between the Lord Mayor and the Minister for Justice and Garda Commissioner.