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O’Brien calls for public health approach to drugs and CAB resources for communities

5 May, 2016 - by Jonathan O'Brien TD


Sinn Féin TD for Cork North Central Deputy Jonathan O’Brien said that the debate on crime today didn’t do justice to the communities who were living in fear of so-called gangland crime.

Speaking in the Dáil today, Deputy O’Brien said;

“The debate on crime today doesn’t do justice to the community who are living in fear of criminal gangs in their area.

“It isn’t good enough to simply talk about putting extra gardaí on the streets. We need to talk about the factors that drive gangs and the drug industry they make their money from.

“People struggling with addiction and drug dependency are victims of these gangs and we need to have a proper debate about the reasons why people end up in addiction.

“We know that social and economic disadvantage, poor housing and educational inequality are at the root of this.

“If we are serious about tackling gangland crime, we would be talking about poverty and drug addiction and changing policies so make sure we take a public health approach to addiction.

“Further to this, we want to see money held by the Criminal Assets Bureau put back in to communities that are ravaged by this crime.

“Fine Gael seemed to favour this in 2003 when they were in opposition, so we are calling on them to continue that policy and ensures this happens now.”

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