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Minister happy to abandon communities to growing cocaine crisis

20 October, 2005


Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Justice, Aengus Ó Snodaigh, has described the response, by the Minster for Justice, to a question he asked in the Dáil today, on the growing cocaine and crack cocaine problem in Dublin as, "an incredible and puerile piece of political gymnastics which has done nothing to address the very real and current concerns of many, many people across this state."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "his failure to address the growing cocaine problem, not just in Dublin but across the state, and instead to launch into another round of Sinn Féin bashing, shows that he is a Minister too blinded by his own prejudices to be capable of carrying out his duties properly.

"The Ministers response was an incredible and puerile piece of political gymnastics which has done nothing to address the very real and current concerns of many, many people across this state.

"Rather than try and divert attention by spewing the usual nonsensical anti-republican claptrap the Minister should be honest enough to admit that he has no coherent nor strategic plan to deal with the rising level of cocaine dealing and abuse in this State.

"It would appear that none of the lessons from the heroin epidemics of the eighties and nineties have been learned. It is obvious that Michael McDowell is much happier remaining in his ivory tower, spouting forth his anti-republican bile, than doing his job and addressing this crisis." ENDS

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