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Crime figures highlight Government’s abject failure on tackling drugs – Ó Snodaigh

30 January, 2008 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called for additional resources to be pumped into drug awareness and education initiatives, treatment services and rehabilitation opportunities. Deputy Ó Snodaigh again repeated his call for resources for Garda Drugs Squads to be at least doubled.

Speaking today he said, "The latest crime figures show us that the number of drug offences rose by over 20% with offences of cultivation, manufacture and importation increasing by almost 60%. The number of homicide offences rose by a quarter, many as a result of drug crime, and the number of recorded shootings increased by 10%. All of this highlights the abject failure of the Government's drug tackling policies to date.

"I welcome the number of significant seizures by Gardaí in my own area over the last week however it is clear that Gardaí are fighting the drugs crisis under severe pressure due to a lack of resources.

"There is an urgent need for a greater focus on gangland and drug related crime from all Departments including through robust law enforcement. Resources for Garda Drug Squads must be at least doubled and resources must be pumped into education and awareness initiatives, treatment services and rehabilitation opportunities." ENDS

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