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Government must end inactivity on cocaine crisis - Ó Snodaigh

10 November, 2005

Speaking in the Dail today about the seizure of cocaine worth around €200,000 in Loughlinstown, South County Dublin, Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh demanded an emergency debate on "the government's ongoing failure to recognise and address this states growing cocaine crisis despite increasing seizures, such as that in Loughlinstown, or to produce and resource a coherent plan to deal with the rising level of cocaine dealing and abuse in this state even though the consequences for communities are devastating".

Afterwards he said "myself and my colleague Deputy Sean Crowe have raised this issue with the Minister's responsible repeatedly over the last number of years and as recently as last month.  It is unacceptable that this government continues to abandon communities to the devastating consequences of this crisis which includes growing incidents and patterns of anti-social behaviour".

"At first the Ministers denied the extent of the problem and then they refuse to resource a response to it.  Contrast this with the government response to foot and mouth where every apparatus of the state was employed to control the problem.  Drugs and drug related crime cost human lives yet judging by governmental inactivity on the cocaine crisis certain lives are less important than others." ENDS

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