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DUP challenged to respond to drug threat

23 March, 2006

Sinn Féin North Antrim MLA Philip McGuigan has issued a challenge to the DUP to respond to the biggest threat facing modern society, the threat of drugs.

Mr McGuigan said:

"Drugs pose possibly the biggest threat to our society today. They poison the future of our youth and they create huge wealth for drug dealers.

"When DUP spokesperson pontificate about crime, the issue they continually fail to deal with is the issue of drugs and the crime associated with it. Yet Ballymena has a huge problem with drugs, particularly heroin. Similarly parts of the Shankill and East Belfast, South Antrim and North Down have become synonymous with drugs and drug dealers.

"The common thread running through all of this is that in areas where crime and drugs threaten communities there is violent organised loyalism and considerable DUP representation.

"The DUP are now publicly moving to address the threats posed by loyalism. It is time that they also got to grips with drugs and crime in these areas." ENDS

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