Increase in drug cases reflects increased amount of drugs in the state – Ó Snodaigh
Sinn Fein Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD has welcomed the increase in the number of drug cases dealt with in the District Court last year but warned that the increase is simply reflective of the increased amount of drugs in the state.
Speaking today he said, "The failure of successive Government's to realise the gravity of the drugs crisis in Ireland has led to increased drug deaths and the availability of hard drugs in every town in the state.
"I welcome the 26% increase in the number of drug cases dealt with in the District Court last year. However, this increase is simply reflective of the amount of drugs currently in the country.
"Last week I launched Sinn Féin's submission to the Garda Policing Plan 2008. In it we called on the Gardaí to prioritise the pursuit of major drug traffickers and lower level dealers and for a doubling of the resources for the National Drugs Units.
"However, a justice approach alone will not successfully tackle the drugs crisis and I am calling on the Government to fully resource and implement all of the national drugs strategy including the rehabilitation pillar." ENDS