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Doolan - We need to ensure cocaine does not take a foothold in Dublin City

8 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, will tonight address the launch of the Ringsend and District Response to Drugs annual report. Speaking ahead of tonight's launch Mr. Doolan said:

"The launch of this report marks an important development in Dublin's battle against the scourge of drugs. After 20 years of tackling heroin we now have to deal with the arrival of cocaine on our doorsteps. While many of us have been to the fore in tackling both the causes and consequences of heroin in our communities, we now have to redouble our efforts if we are to ensure cocaine does not take a foothold in this city. But we need a concerted commitment from this current government to work with us and not against us as they so often have in the past.

Tonight's launch allows us to give recognition to the work people in this part of the inner city who have continuously battled against heroin addiction and offered hope and help to those families who needed it. We can now proudly say we have one of the most successful community based treatment and rehabilitation services anywhere in Dublin. The Paul Spellman Centre offers a wide range of services to this community and is an example to the whole of Dublin of how we managed to turn a tragedy that is heroin addiction in to a beacon of hope for hundreds of people."

The launch will take place at Clanna Gael GAA Club, Sean Moore Road, Ringsend, Dublin 4. Also in attendance will be Minister for Justice, Equality & Law Reform Michael McDowell.

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on, "The government to ensure no community or service is left without adequate support or resources in the battle against drug addiction. It has taken over 20 years to come this far lets not lose the battle due to government inaction."ENDS

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