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Ó Snodaigh welcomes latest heroin seizures

21 August, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the increased seizures of heroin recently show that there must be no cutbacks in addiction services as the economy continues to slow down. He urged the HSE to quickly bring an end to its dispute with Drugs Taskforce Staff in Clondalkin so they can get back to doing their important work at maximum capacity.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh went on to congratulate Gardaí on the latest seizures of nearly half a million euros worth of heroin in Dublin yesterday and urged them to continue targeting heroin dealers.

He said, "Increased heroin seizures in recent months coincide with news of significantly increased numbers of addicts seeking treatment. This all points to increased amounts of heroin entering the country.

"It is imperative to the fight against drugs that adequate funding for addictions services is provided by the Government and that these services are not affected by cutbacks as the economy continues to slow down. Sinn Féin believes that investment in the fight against drugs will pay dividends to the economy in the long term.

"I would urge the HSE to quickly bring to an end its dispute with Drugs Taskforce Staff in Clondalkin so that they can get back to their important work at maximum capacity as soon as possible. The HSE should pay these workers the benchmarking increases which they are entitled to.

"I congratulate the Gardaí involved in the latest heroin dealers in the city and would urge them to continue targeting heroin dealers in this way. Sinn Féin is currently developing our submission to the Garda Policing Plan for 2009 in which we will be urging the Minister for Justice to prioritise the targeting of heroin dealers as the crisis grows to record levels." ENDS

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