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Quinlivan welcomes Limerick heroin seizure

5 November, 2008


Sinn Féin Limerick City Representative Maurice Quinlivan has congratulated Gardaí on the seizure of heroin with a value of €300,000 in the City last night. Quinlivan said the seizure showed that the heroin epidemic is not confined to Dublin and called for a dedicated drugs task force to be deployed in Limerick City.

Speaking this morning Mr. Quinlivan said, "I want to congratulate the Gardaí involved in last night's successful operation. It will bring a sense of comfort to the people of Limerick that these drugs will not now hit the streets. However, we are aware that this quantity of drugs is a just a small percentage of the actual amounts entering the City and hitting the streets.

"This seizure is proof, if proof were needed, that the heroin epidemic is not confined to Dublin. I have been calling for a dedicated drugs task force to be established and deployed in Limerick City for the past number of years. I reiterate that call today in light of the significant seizure of heroin in Moyross last night.

"The cuts to the Drugs Initiatives and Young Peoples Services Fund announced in the Budget 2009 must be reversed. We simply cannot allow the fight against drugs to be hindered in this way. The stakes are too high." ENDS

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