O’Toole launches Dial to Stop Drug Dealing in Dublin North East
Sinn Féin Councillor Larry O’Toole today launched the National Dial to Stop Drug Dealing free phone line in Dublin North East.
Speaking during the launch at the Mornington Centre this morning Councillor O’Toole called on Justice Minister Dermot Ahern to secure permanent funding for what he described as a ‘highly successful project which has already had an invaluable influence on the fight against drugs’.
Councillor O’Toole, who was acting as Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin today, said:
“The Dial to Stop Drug Dealing free phone line is a highly successful non Garda phone number that people can ring anonymously to report drug dealing in their community. The phone operators are not Gardaí and the caller’s details will not be passed on to the Gardaí.
“While the project has been highly successful the Government has yet to secure permanent funding to secure its operation into the future or to promote it in a meaningful way. This must become a priority for the Justice Minister. The project is not expensive to run while its contribution to the fight against drug crime is invaluable.
“I am calling on people who witness drug dealing in the Dublin North East area to call the Dial to Stop Drug Dealing phone line on 1800 220 220 and reports what they have seen.
“Dublin North East has seen its fair share of the drugs crisis and this is a valuable tool to enable the community to play a part in fighting back.” ENDS