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Government needs to get real on cocaine problem - Ó Snodaigh

12 January, 2006

Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the Government needs to "get real" about the serious cocaine problem ravaging this country. Deputy Ó Snodaigh was commenting today after it was revealed that 3% of people in the 26 Counties have tried cocaine.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "This Government seems to be under the illusion that the drug problem in Ireland is only minor and that paying lip service to the problem will suffice to deal with it. It is time for them to get real. Cocaine and is ravaging the length and breath of this country, especially in urban areas, leading to increased crime and growing patterns of anti-social behaviour.

"The Government urgently needs to produce and resource a coherent plan to deal with the rising level of cocaine dealing and abuse in this state. We need to see the doubling in size of the Drugs Task Force and of the Garda Drug squad.

"Above all the Government needs to learn the lesson of the eighties and nineties when heroine was allowed to get a foothold in this country. We all know the devastating consequences of that period." ENDS

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