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Ferris Raises Problem of Drug Abuse in Kerry

2 October, 2007

Ferris Raises Problem of Drug Abuse in Kerry


Martin Ferris TD will tomorrow highlight in the Dáil the growing problem of drug abuse in Kerry, and in particular the appearance of new and more dangerous substances in the Tralee area. Deputy Ferris will be speaking during time set aside for all parties on the issue, and to press the new Minister for Justice for his response to the problems raised.


Deputy Ferris said: “Crime is a growing concern in all parts of the country and my own county is no exception. While people argue about crime levels and reporting it seems to be generally accepted that many people, for whatever reason, do not report certain types of crime. Worryingly sexual and anti social crimes are less likely to be reported.


“In relation to sexual crime I must point out the ongoing situation where victims of sexual assault in Kerry have to travel to Cork or even Waterford for medical treatment and examination. This is an unacceptable added pressure on victims and needs to be addressed by providing a treatment unit in Tralee.


“There is no doubt but that the drug trade is a huge source of crime, both in feeding anti social behaviour and as the motivation for many of the murders that take place around the country. Thankfully Kerry has not experienced that level of drug related crime but there are indications that it is a growing problem.


“Questions of mine to the former Minister elicited that more dangerous drugs were available in the county and I have more recent evidence that the substance known as Crystal Meth, a particularly potent amphetamine, is being sold in Tralee. Although the drug is not physically addictive it leads to aggressive behaviour which is clearly a factor in violence.


“A vital factor in tackling these problems is the level of Garda activity and again that is something that myself and other representatives from Kerry have raised on a number of occasions but as yet with no decisive evidence that this has been addressed. Policing is not the only solution to crime but a higher Garda visibility is certainly a factor in preventing crime and probably most especially anti social behaviour and drink related violence in towns at weekends.” CRÍOCH








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