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Ó Snodaigh welcomes heroin seizure in Dublin

16 January, 2008


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has congratulated Gardaí on the seizure of €6.5million worth of heroin in Dublin today and again called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to double the resources for Garda Drug Squads in an effort to tackle serious drug and gun crime.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said today, "I want to congratulate the Gardaí involved in today's operation which resulted in a huge amount of heroin being taken off the streets. Hopefully this seizure will now lead to one of Ireland's major drug dealers being put away for a long time.

"While today's seizure is welcome it is clear that vast amounts of drugs are still entering the country. This in turn is leading to serious crime with dealers involved in serious gun crime, murders and stabbings while addicts take part in muggings, burglaries and robberies in order to feed their habit.

"If the Gardaí are to have any chance at successfully tackling crime in Ireland then it is essential that we get to grips with the drugs crisis. It is for this reason that Sinn Féin has called on the Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan to double the resources for the Garda Drug Squads.

"We welcome the new prioritisation given to tackling drugs in the policing plan for 2008. Sinn Féin had argued for this in our submission to the plan. However, if the Minister is serious about tackling crime then he must follow this up with adequate resources and I am again calling on him to double the resources for the Garda Drug Squads." ENDS

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