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Dial to stop drug dealing scheme must be introduced across the state - Ó Snodaigh

1 November, 2006

Speaking after the launch of the evaluation report of the Blanchardstown's Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign Sinn Féin Justice spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD welcomed the completion of the report and backed a recommendation for the pilot scheme to go state wide.

He said "The Dial to Stop Drug Dealing campaign succeeded in highlighting awareness of the drug situation in the area and in empowering people to report drug related activity without fear of being identified. There is a huge gulf between the Gardaí and people in working class communities and this anonymous non-Garda phone line helps to bridge that gap.

"In the Blanchardstown district 59% of information reports to the phone line are now part of Garda investigations and 17% of these resulted in arrests with court cases pending. The fact that a further 17% of calls had to be diverted to other Garda districts highlights the need for the project to be rolled out state wide in conjunction with the local and regional drugs task force structures.

"In light of the success of this pilot scheme I am now calling on Justice Minister Michael McDowell to introduce this project state wide." ENDS

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