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Tallaght - 2 Die in Drug and Drink Related Deaths

28 March, 2008

Dublin South West Sinn Féin representative Seán Crowe has expressed dismay at the death of two young people from Tallaght as a result of a lethal cocktail of drink and drugs.Crowe said that the parish of Killinardan in Tallaght which has seen far too many drug related deaths over the years was reeling from these latest victims and called for an increase in the Tallaght Drugs Unit to effectively respond to the easy availability of drugs in the area.

Crowe said, "Having spent most of my adult life campaigning on this issue I can't recall ever having seen two deaths from separate incidences in any one area of Tallaght in such a short space of time.

"Today two young people, a woman and a man, from the Killinardan parish area of Tallaght were buried today, having died within hours of each other as a result of a lethal cocktail of drink and drugs.

"Two deaths in two separate incidences, two coffins in the same church in one area in such a short space of time. Two families heartbroken and trying to come to terms with their loss.

"These deaths are a stark reminder to everyone of the dangers of mixing alcohol and drugs and even more conclusive evidence of the prevalence of drugs in Tallaght and other communities throughout this state.

"These deaths are another indication of the drug and alcohol crisis that is growing and continues to grow with more and more young people and their families being adversely affected.

"Hardworking projects attempting to deal with the effects of drugs in communities like Tallaght need our continued support but the easy availability of drugs like Cocaine, Heroin, Benzedrine's and the increasing mixture of these with alcohol need new initiatives.

"The free availability of legal and illegal drugs needs to be tackled. The open dealing in clubs and pubs needs to be tackled by the Garda Authorities immediately.

"The door to door delivery service by drug dealers needs to stop in many estates in Tallaght. This needs to end but it wont happen in Tallaght with an eleven strong drugs unit.

"Communities and individuals need to be encouraged to get involved in tackling the drug crisis. This worked in the past and lessons learned and experienced gained need to be applied to tackle today's unique problems.

"All dealers, from low level right up to the drug barons, need to feel pressure from the Gardaí and from the Communities they are destroying. We are not seeing that at present.

"Sinn Féin has repeatedly called for resources for the Garda Drugs Squads to be at least doubled and I want to echo that call again today on the day of these funerals.

"The Minister for Justice Brian Lenihan needs to roll out the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing initiative in Tallaght. This successful pilot project in Blanchardstown should now be rolled out in areas like Tallaght that are awash with drugs.

"There is a need for societal changes to combat this crisis but the authorities in the interim can bring positive changes to areas most acutely effected by drugs and alcohol crisis." ENDS

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