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Wednesday, 6th February 2019

Adams condemns intimidation of families by drug gangs

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Deputy Gerry Adams.

With pipe bombs and other attacks, often on innocent people, becoming commonplace in Drogheda, Sinn Féin Deputy Gerry Adams has raised the issue of persistent intimidation of families by drug dealing criminals with senior Gardaí in Louth.

“The scourge of drugs in our communities cannot be underestimated” Deputy Adams said.

“Local Gardaí are doing their best with inadequate resources to bring drug pushers to justice and they are having good success both in terms of drug seizures and in the arrest of many individuals who are involved in drug dealing and the associated criminality that goes with it.

“But if we are to really deal with this problem the Government and the Minister for Justice must properly resource An Garda Síochána as the lead agency against drugs and drug dealers.

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“The people who use drugs recreationally are as much a part of the problem as those who are in active addiction.

“To feed their social habit a warren of criminal activity takes place.

“And at the hard end of all this are families who are being extorted out of thousands of euro by ruthless individuals in a protection racket or face their home being attacked.

“There is a need for a well-resourced, holistic multi-agency approach bringing together all of the stake-holders in the state, community and voluntary sectors to tackle the scourge of drugs and its associated health and criminal issues."

Deputy Adams has written to the Justice Minister to increase the current budget and resources available to An Garda Síochána for Louth.

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