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Doolan slams Ahern's multi million euro election ploy

7 June, 2004

Sinn Féin Representative for Dublin South East, Daithí Doolan, speaking today in response to the government's announcement that they were allocating 1.1 million euros in capital funding to Local Drugs Task Forces has slammed what he calls, "Minister Noel Ahern's multi million euro election ploy."

Mr. Doolan said, "While of course this money is badly needed it is also long over due and wholly inadequate. Those of us involved in tackling the causes and consequences of drug addiction have long called for proper funding to made available. Yet here we are, once again, only days away from an election witnessing an election ploy by Fianna Fáil. This money could and indeed should have been made available over recent years. The money has been in the Dormant Account, now it is being used to win elections.

This government has one of the worst track records of social inclusion and this cynical attempt to reclaim themselves will not go unnoticed. Here in the inner city it is too little too late. Our communities do not need election stunts with Minister's attempting to reduce the problem to simply one of a hand outs at election time. We need an increase in health board spending to combat an ever increasing cocaine problem in Dublin, we need long term investment in existing projects, we need a holistic approach to a complex problem."

Mr. Doolan concluded by calling on the Minister, " to desist from electioneering and deal with the drug problem in a proper long term strategic way which must involve consultation, investment and resources." ENDS

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