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Ó Snodaigh calls on Government to guarantee future of Dial to Stop Drug Dealing phone-line

3 March, 2009 - by Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon Sinn Féin Justice Spokesperson Aengus Ó Snodaigh TD called on the Government to guarantee the future of the 'Dial to Stop Drug Dealing' non Garda phone-line which is due to cease operating when funding runs out despite its success in tackling drug dealing.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said there is a very real fear in the community of reporting drug related crime directly to the Gardaí which was evidenced in the Boylan case broadcast on last night's edition of Prime Time.

He said, "The government must guarantee the future of the 'dial to stop drug dealing' non-Garda confidential phone-line which may cease to operate imminently despite its success in generating intelligence tip-offs from the community.

"These tip-offs have contributed to Garda investigations with over 1,400 calls being made to the centre resulting in approximately 370 information reports being passed to Gardaí.

"However just €300,000 in funding was allocated for 2009 to cover both public advertising and the price of calls and the Junior Minister for Drugs has confirmed that the more calls it receives, that is the more successful it is, the quicker it will disappear.

"This low cost and successful initiative is being withdrawn in a context of very real community fear of reporting drug relate crimes, perpetuated by Garda corruption as evidenced in the Boylan case broadcast on RTE's prime time last night, and despite the very high human and economic cost of drug related crime." ENDS

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