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Government's failure on drugs inexcusable

15 February, 2006

Speaking in advance of the National Drugs Crisis protest at the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin spokesperson for Justice, Equality and Human Rights, Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD, slammed "the inexcusable failure of the Government to recognise that any viable response to the state's poly-drug crisis must involve communities."

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "This failure is evidenced by the absence of a community sector representative from the National Drugs Strategy Team. The government needs to sit up and listen today to the demands of the local level bodies and communities most affected by drugs.

"If the government parties want to address the drugs crisis they need to appoint a Minister with sole responsibility for drugs, provide Local Drugs Task Forces with a mandate to draw up response plans and adequate resources to implement theses, and establish a realistic timetable for the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy, as the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign and Sinn Féin have repeatedly requested.

"On a positive note, I welcome the commendable efforts of the Garda Siochana to address the supply-end of the drugs crisis including the seizure of 25 kilos of cocaine on the North Strand last night and €600,000 worth of cocaine in Cherry Orchard over the weekend and call on the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to immediately increase the resources available to the Garda Drugs Squad." ENDS

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