Sinn Féin EU candidate for East, Tomás Sharkey on Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign!
Sinn Féin EU candidate for East Tomás Sharkey, has voiced his concerns over the announcement by Minister Dermot Ahern regarding the end of funding for the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign. Mr Sharkey has called upon the Government to do all they can to secure this vital campaign. Concerns come after it was announced that there will be no more funding for the successful phone-line, after their €300,000 allocated funding runs out this year. Mr Sharkey said “In 2007 alone, over €10 million had been seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau for the exchequer and only a small proportion of this is needed to help facilitate the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing phone-line”. Mr. Sharkey went on to say “The non Garda phone line plays a vital role in preventing drug crime by providing tip offs to the Criminal Assets Bureau and in turn has resulted in many seizures. If both programmes were to work together, it would lead to significant benefits for the exchequer but more importantly the community”. “The Government should do everything in its power to secure the future of Dial to Stop Drug Dealing as this programme has proven itself as a huge success at a very low cost.” END