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Schools should be drug free zones - Crowe

10 November, 2005

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Education Seán Crowe TD today called for the introduction of a specific offence around the dealing or storing of drugs in designated areas such as schools or youth clubs, where young people are being targeted and that schools should be drug free zones.

Speaking after a sizeable amount of cocaine was seized in a south-side schoolyard the Tallaght based TD said, “The seizure of €200,000 worth of cocaine in a Dún Laoghaire schoolyard shows that there are no depths to which dealers will descend in their pursuit of hard cash. This drugs seizure is timely in that it the quantity and availability of cocaine throughout the country and particularly in Dublin communities. This cases also highlights the need for a new offence to be introduced to deal specifically with the targeting, by drug dealers, of school children.  Schools and other places where children gather should be drug free zones. 

“In many other jurisdictions where drug dealers are found in the vicinity schools they face stiffer sentences.  Drugs and particularly cocaine are now rampant in many communities.  Society needs to respond to this new theat.

“Many of these communities are still trying to overcome the ravages of the heroin epidemic of the eighties now face a new menace; cocaine and crack cocaine.  This is new territory. In the light of this seizure I am calling on the Justice Minister Michael McDowell to introduce new measures to deal with this growing problem and insure that schools are drug free zones.” ENDS

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