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Crime stats show drug crime must be made top priority – Ó Snodaigh

6 February, 2009

Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the annual crime statistics published today show that tackling drug crime must be the number one priority for Gardaí.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "While a variety of crime decreased in 2008 drug offences increased by 25% and firearms and explosives offences also increased by over 10% in the year. If ever there was a clear message to government as to where policing priorities should lie this is it.

"The Garda resources currently being spent on the security operation in Bellanaboy Co. Mayo amounts to more than half the total budget of Operation Anvil. This is untenable. Clearly there needs to be a re-prioritisation.

"Sinn Féin has consistently called for drug and gun crime to be named as the number one priority in the annual policing plans of the Gardaí. Today's statistics affirm our calls." ENDS

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