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Incoming Government must take new approach to tackling drugs crisis – Ó Snodaigh

11 June, 2007


Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has said the incoming Government must take a new approach to tackling the drugs crisis in this state. Deputy Ó Snodaigh said the first step in this approach must be a recognition of the problem as a crisis which the previous Fianna Fáil/PD administration stubbornly refused to admit causing huge problems for those on the front line tackling drugs in their communities.

Speaking today as figures were released showing a ten fold increase in the amount of people seeking help for cocaine problems Deputy Ó Snodaigh said, "The previous Fianna Fáil/PD Government seemed to be under the illusion that the drug problem in Ireland is only minor and that paying lip service to the problem would suffice. No amount of horror stories, highlighted regularly by myself and others in the Dáil, could make them see the real problem. They stubbornly refused to admit that we are dealing with a crisis. This led to huge problems for those on the front line tackling drugs in their communities as they were abandoned by the state with little or no resources.

"The incoming Government needs to take a new approach to tackling the drugs crisis. The first step in this approach must be a recognition of the problem as a crisis. The new Government must produce and resource a coherent plan to deal with the rising levels of cocaine dealing and abuse in this state. We need to see a doubling in the size of the Drugs Task Force and the Garda Drugs Squad.

"Above all the new Government must learn the lesson of the eighties and nineties when heroin was allowed to take a foothold in this state. We all know the devastating consequences of that period." ENDS

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