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Sinn Féin demand urgent action by government on cocaine crisis – Ó Snodaigh

5 December, 2007

Sinn Fein Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD speaking in the Dáil today in response to the drug related death of Kevin Doyle yesterday called on the Government to reconsider a Sinn Féin motion from last year which called for the resourcing and implementation of an action plan to tackle the spiralling cocaine crisis.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

"In light of the death of a young man in Waterford yesterday after having taken some damp cocaine, I am calling on the Government to reconsider the Sinn Féin Private Members' motion of May 2006 which called for the resourcing and implementation of a national action plan to tackle spiralling cocaine abuse. The previous Fianna Fail/PD Government voted down our proposals at the time but it is vital that the current Government does not make the same mistake.

"Cocaine is continuing not only to take the lives of its consumers but it is also contributing heavily to the creation of an increasingly violent society as ruthless dealers continue to shoot each other as they compete in this lucrative and deadly market. This Government must recognise the severity and extent of the cocaine crisis in Ireland and act appropriately. I am therefore calling on them to seriously reconsider our proposals from May 2006 and implement a strategy to tackle cocaine. How many more deaths must take place before we see action from the Government?" ENDS

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