Limerick needs additional resources to tackle drugs problem – Quinlivan
Sinn Féin’s Maurice Quinlivan TD has called on the government to publish legislation as a matter of urgency to deal with ongoing gang and drugs issues in Limerick. The Limerick based Deputy raised the issue with Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil this week during a debate on the Order of Business on gang warfare. Stressing that drugs remain an ongoing problem in Limerick, Deputy Quinlivan said:
“What is happening in the north inner city is appalling but drug crime is not confined to Dublin.
“It is wrong to assume drug crime has been eliminated in Limerick. Drugs are still a huge factor in the city’s informal economy and criminal elements continue to make huge profits while destroying communities and trading in misery.
“Limerick needs extra resources to fight this scourge and I am calling on the Minister for Justice to allocate an additional 100 Gardaí to the city.
“Its high time for the Criminal Assets Bureau to be expanded in Limerick and for the Government to amend the Proceeds of Crime Acts to ensure money seized by CAB goes back into communities affected by drugs.
"If the Government had the political will to fund community organisations across it could do so by diverting such funds to local drugs task force projects.
“The Mid-West Regional Drug and Alcohol Forum have taken cuts of more than 50% since 2008. The cuts have impacted massively on the delivery of vital services that are urgently needed in Limerick City.
“The Minister must be imaginative and redirect money seized from criminals to directly fund organisations delivering these vital services in the field. This would be an important step in the battle against drug crime.”