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Sinn Féin says seizure of crack cocaine is serious and sinister development

16 February, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, expressed his serious concern following the seizure of crack cocaine in Dublin last night.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The seizure of crack cocaine in Dublin last night and the arrest of two suspects is a cause for grave concern.

This establishment of this drug in Ireland would represent the absolute worst-case scenario in terms of the devastating impact it would have onccommunities throughout the country.

"This is a very serious and sinister development, especially coming as it does in the aftermath of a European report that reveals that Ireland now has the second highest rate of cocaine use in Europe. It is a problem we identified in our submission to the national drugs strategy mid-term review.

"There is an urgent need for the Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drug Strategy to report on Government plans to combat the establishment of a crack cocaine culture in Dublin City."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh raised the matter in the Dáil this morning during Order of Business. ENDS

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