Public JPC meeting on drug gangs – Adams
Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the public meeting organised by the Municipal Ardee Joint Policing Committee which will be held on Thursday 8th May, The Market House, Dunleer.
Teachta Adams said:
“This meeting, like the rally in Drogheda on Saturday, is an act of public solidarity which those families that are being victimised by drug gangs. It is also a rejection of the drug gangs and their efforts to prey on families and communities; and an expression of support for the efforts of An Garda Síochána in tackling the scourge of drug criminality.
“There is a worsening problem of extortion and violence by drug gangs in County Louth, and in other parts of the state. The public meeting in Dunleer was specifically called to support one family that has been the victim of violence and extortion and is living in terror.
“Over the space of 6 months, this family paid a drug gang a total of €3,700 for debts allegedly owed by their son. The drug gang are demanding more money.
“Along with party colleagues Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú and Cllr Pearse McGeough, I met the family in March and I also separately met senior Gardaí.
“I want to commend the Gardaí for their actions and efforts. I also want to commend the neighbours and friends of the family I visited. This local community is 100 per cent behind them.
“The Dunleer meeting will be an opportunity to express that solidarity and to hear from the Gardaí their plans for dealing with the drug problem and, in particular, the two Drogheda gangs that are behind much of the current violence.
“There is a need for a well-resourced, holistic, multi-agency strategy bringing together all of the stake-holders in the state, community and voluntary sectors to tackle the scourge of drugs and its associated health and criminal issues. The Minister for Justice should now state when he plans to publish the Drug Related Intimidation Reporting Programme which was due to be completed by the end of last year.
“It is also vital that the Garda response is not limited to Drogheda. Additional resources should be used across the constituency to meet the threat posed by the drug gangs.”