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Sinn Féin demands urgent debate on illegal drugs trade

1 February, 2007

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh called for an urgent debate on the illegal drugs trade in the Dáil today following the seizure of almost two million euros worth of drugs in Clondalkin yesterday. While praising the efforts of Gardaí, Deputy Ó Snodaigh pointed out that recent seizures merely exposed the scale of the problem and that a new approach, maximising the use of the state's resources in a co-ordinated fashion was essential.

The Dublin South-Central TD said: "The seizure of €1.8 million worth of ecstasy last night in Clondalkin comes in the immediate aftermath of large seizures of heroin and cocaine in Ballyfermot, and of cannabis in Loughlinstown.

"These drug seizures are to be welcomed and the Gardaí congratulated for their good work. But the size and frequency of the seizures only underline the scale of the problem before us. We need a mobilisation of all of the tools of the state to deal with the devastating illegal drugs trade and it's shattering effect on working class communities.

"As well as the law & order approach we need to tackle the drugs epidemic from a range of other angles. We need to look at education in our schools, at health policy and the provision of detoxification beds, at sustained and planned economic investment in disadvantaged areas and not gimmicky photo opportunities.

"When Ireland faced the Foot & Mouth crisis we were able to use the resources of the state to combat that threat. We need the same approach, the same co-ordination to deal with the flow of heroin, ecstasy and cocaine into Ireland."


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