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Revised estimates needed to tackle drugs crisis

30 November, 2005


Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has suggested that the Minister of State with responsibility for tackling drugs Noel Ahern should resign if he fails to take steps to get a Revised Estimate that will take into account the emerging needs and moneys required to ensure that the regional drugs task force, which is long promised, can be fully operational next year.

Speaking in the Dáil today Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "What steps will be taken to get a Revised Estimate that will take into account the emerging needs and moneys required to ensure that the regional drugs task force, which is long promised, can be fully operational next year? The amount would be similar to that given to the horse and greyhound fund, for example, or other pet Government projects. If there is a crisis it must be dealt with properly, and €1 million does not address the evident crisis.

"What steps will the Minister of State take to ensure a Revised Estimate by next week's budget from the Minister for Finance that will increase funding to take account of requests that the Minister of State has agreed are there? If this Revised Estimate is not delivered, will the Minister of State resign as having failed in his job, as many people within the local drugs task forces are calling for because of the emerging debacle over funding for this year and next?" ENDS

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