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Crime stats highlight drugs crisis – Ó Snodaigh

26 February, 2010 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said the five year crime stats clearly show the depth of the drugs crisis faced by the state. He said the Government must stop cutting funding for community development and drugs focused projects and instead increase resources for the fight against drugs.

Speaking today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“The five year crime statistics clearly show the depth of the drugs crisis faced by the state. Drug crime has increased by a staggering 137 percent over the past five years.

“The Government has consistently been warned that the recession would intensify the existing drugs crisis. Yet no action has been taken In fact resources have been cut and continue to be cut.

“These figures are yet another wake up call for the Government. Considering these crime stats it is shocking that drugs services are currently laying of staff as a result of government incompetence. The cuts to community development and drugs focused projects must be reversed. A recession is the worst possible time to cut funding to this sector as these crime figures clearly indicate.

“We need an increase in the resources available for tackling the drugs crisis from prevention to cure.” ENDS

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