CAB money must be invested in communities – O’Brien
Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Deputy Jonathan O’Brien has today said that any money seized by the Criminal Assets Bureau must be ringfenced and invested in communities worst affected by drugs and crime.
Deputy O’Brien said:
“We have always maintained that assets seized by CAB must be ring-fenced and invested in communities worst affected by drugs and crime.
“We support CAB seizing criminals’ assets, but it must be acknowledged this government has taken money out of the Gardaí and we do not want to see changes or expansions of CAB measures used as a fig leaf to say they are tackling the problem.
“A mini-cab cannot be used to replace funding that has been withdrawn by successive Fianna Fail and Fine Gael governments.
“There must be increased investment into the marginalised communities. Organised crime will never be eradicated unless the root causes of it is addressed; including inequality, drug use, poverty, poor housing, low education standards and so on.
“In addition to increased Garda and CAB resources, youth diversion programmes, employment schemes and initiatives based on ‘what works’ alongside community policing must be implemented using the funds seized by CAB.
“Sinn Féin will be strongly urging the Minister for Justice to ensure that this happens.”