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McDonald voices concern at deaths of three young people in Dublin's north inner city

8 February, 2007

Sinn Féin representative for Dublin Central Mary Lou McDonald MEP has voiced her deep concern at the deaths of three young people in Dublin's north inner city over the last 48 hours as a result of drug addiction. Ms. McDonald said:

"Over the last 48 hours three young people from Dublin‚s north inner city have died as a result of drug addiction. My deepest sympathies go out to their families. Despite the good work being done by many people in the community there is not enough support for families or local services. For far too many, intervention is coming too late and lives are lost as a result.

"The fact is that the government's drugs policy is failing.

"The recent increase in drugs seizures is to be welcomed but everyone knows that what is being seized is only a fraction of what is coming onto the streets of this city. There are not enough resources for drugs task forces or services, there is not enough investment in prevention, there are not enough resources for the Garda drugs units either locally or across the state. In the case of cocaine, there is no real government strategy at all.

"The government needs to change its approach - they need to properly support all those working to fight this epidemic. As well as increased resources to try and stem the flow of drugs onto our streets they also need invest in education and health initiatives. The government must, as a matter of urgency, ensure the provision of sufficient detoxification beds so that there are services immediately available to those trying to come off drugs. There also needs to be sustained and planned investment in disadvantaged areas particularly in education and job creation."ENDS

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