Government ‘taking a cowardly approach’ to Injecting Centres – O’Brien
Sinn Féin TD and Spokesperson for Drugs Jonathan O’Brien has railed against An Taoiseach Enda Kenny after it was admitted that the Government had no intention of enacting the legislation to provide for Medically Safe Injecting Centres. Deputy O’Brien said that these centres save lives, and it is not good enough for any Government to take a cowardly approach and pass the buck to the next Dáil.
The Cork North Central TD said:
“An Taoiseach Enda Kenny confirmed to me in the Dáil today that the legislation needed to provide for Medically Safe Injecting Centres will not be enacted before the dissolution of the current Dáil.
“This is extremely disappointing when we are talking about a public health issue. Safe Injecting Centres save lives; that’s an undisputed fact. Safe Injecting Centres also reduce drug litter such as discarded needles which pose a significant risk to the general public.
“To be honest, I’m disgusted at how the Dáil can rush through legislation before the Christmas break in order to pad out their election platform, yet we can't rush through legislation that will save lives.
“The Fine Gael/Labour Government has taken the cowardly approach of passing the buck to the next Dáil and are leaving people’s lives at risk.”