Communities should not be expected to put up with blatant drug dealing
Speaking at the launch of a Sinn Féin document on 'Creating Safer Communities' today Dublin City Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh said communities should not be expected to put up with blatant drug dealing on their doorsteps.
Ms. Ní Dhálaigh said as a member of the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee working group on Estate Management she is actively progressing Sinn Féin's proposals for a joined up approach to better estate management from all the relevant agencies.
She said, "Sinn Féin's proposals for better estate management promote joined-up thinking and action from all the relevant agencies -- the Council, Gardaí and the HSE etc. in partnership with communities. We believe this is the only way forward.
"As a Dublin City Councillor and member of the Joint Policing Committee including its Working Group on Estate Management I am actively progressing our proposals.
"In the Joint Policing Committee Working Group on Estate Management we are currently examining the roles of the Courts, Gardaí, the HSE, Housing Associations and residents committees. We are also looking at tenancy leases, tenants training and eviction policies. This working group will produce a report by the end of the year.
"Canvassing doors across Dublin in the run up to the election we often encountered people telling us, in whispered tones, of the persistent and blatant drug dealing going on just a few doors away and of their futile efforts to get this situation addressed.
"This is intolerable and it cannot continue. Communities should not be expected to put up with it. A new approach is needed and that is precisely what Sinn Féin is proposing and pushing for in the Dublin City Joint Policing Committee." ENDS