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Doherty calls for dedicated drug squad for Letterkenny

30 January, 2008 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called for a fully equipped and resourced Garda Drug Unit for Letterkenny. Speaking at an Oireachtas Committee meeting today Senator Doherty said that there is only a part time drugs unit in place in Letterkenny where Gardaí drift in and out of the fight against drugs.

He said, "Sinn Féin has called on the government to introduce a Supplementary Estimate to ensure that spending on anti-drugs initiatives matches the priority and urgency involved.

"As has become increasingly evident from both the number of drug seizures and incidents of drug-fueled violence the drugs crisis has well and truly spread beyond Dublin.

"There is only a part time drugs unit in place in Letterkenny where Gardaí drift in and out of the fight against drugs. If we are to address the drug issue in earnest then we need a fully equipped and resourced Drugs Unit not just in Letterkenny but throughout the State.

"This government is allocating €76 million to the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund while giving less than that, €64 million, to the Drugs Initiatives and Young People's Facilities Fund. This is unacceptable. If the government were to re-allocate tax payers money out of the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund then resources for the Drugs Initiatives and Young People's Facilities Fund under Budget 2008 could be more than doubled.

"The Regional Drugs Task Forces are under-resourced. Given their large geographical scope they were not resourced on a par with Local Drugs Task Forces. Additional resources must be made available to Regional Drugs Task Forces.

"All Local Drugs Task Forces bar Bray and Cork are located in Dublin. The Minister must make provisions for the establishment of additional Local Drugs Task Forces for example in Limerick and Meath." ENDS

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