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Gun death study highlights Government failure on drugs crisis – Ó Snodaigh

12 April, 2007


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh has said a study linking forty percent of recent gun deaths to drug crime has highlighted the Government's failure to deal with the drugs crisis. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the study revealed the urgent need for early intervention programmes to identify young people in violent environments who are at risk of becoming serious offenders themselves.

He said, "A study by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland has found that forty percent of gun deaths between 2001 and 2005 were linked to drug crime. This is an indictment of the Government's failure to recognise the extent of the drugs crisis in Ireland and to give it the priority it deserves. This Government has abandoned communities to fight the scourge of drugs on their own resulting in increased crime, intimidation and fear.

"Sinn Féin has been arguing for the introduction of early intervention programmes to identify young people who are living in violent environments who are at risk of becoming serious offenders themselves. The fact that half of gun deaths between 2001 and 2005 were young males aged between 21 and 30 re-enforces our demand for these programmes." ENDS

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