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Farrell should keep his mouth shut on drugs

22 October, 2004

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has described the comments of Colin Farrell on heroin use as "moronic, offensive and completely irresponsible". Deputy Ó Snodaigh was responding to Farrell's claim that he smoked heroin and that he thought it was "nice". The Dublin South Central TD suggested that the Hollywood actor should keep his mouth shut in future.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "While Colin Farrell likes to portray himself as some sort of working class hero the reality is quite different. He comes from a fairly privileged background that in many ways isolated him from the chronic drugs problem that is endemic across large parts of his native city.

"His moronic claim to have smoked heroin, which he thought was "nice", is not only completely irresponsible but deeply offensive to all those involved in the struggle to bring our massive drugs crisis under control.

"Such comments could only come from somebody who either hasn't a clue or is so caught up in their own self-importance and publicity that they don't give a damn about the potential impact of their utterances. As an A-list actor he must surely be aware that his comments carry weight way beyond their merit with impressionable members of our society, especially among the young.

"If he has nothing positive or constructive to say by way of tackling the drugs crisis that causes misery for tens of thousands of people in Dublin then we would all be better off if he just keep his mouth shut." ENDS

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