Quinlivan welcomes appointment of new Minister for Drugs
Limerick Sinn Féin Councillor Maurice Quinlivan has welcomed the announcement that Aodhán Ó Ríordáin will take up the reinstated position of Minister of Drugs. Cllr. Quinlivan continued to say that many areas in Ireland have been blighted by the issue of drug abuse and that this decision, though not before time, should now be a top priority for the government.
Cllr. Quinlivan said:
“For too long, this government has left the issue of ministerial responsibility for strategies to combat drug abuse on the back burner. The idea that the Minister for Health Leo Varadkar could take leadership in this role considering the enormity of the crisis facing our national hospitals was overly optimistic. This is an issue that deserves full attention.
“Minister Ó Ríordáin also has competency over Communities, Culture, and Equality; I hope that his appointment as junior minister in the Department of Health for drug strategies will not be treated as just another title, and that we see substantial and rapid advancement in tackling the blight of drug abuse that has impacted all the cities, towns, and villages of Ireland. There have been too many lives torn apart by drug dependency. We must help those caught in the vicious cycle of addiction and bear down on those who profit on this industry of misery.
“Limerick has been hit especially hard by the scourge of drugs. Though the city has fought hard to regain its pride after so many years, we must all do our level best to ensure that drugs are not allowed to drag our city back to those dark days.”