Posted on June 20, 2011 12:12 PM | Permanent Link
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Defence member and Dublin North East Labour Party TD Seán Kenny said that while collapse in the drugs trade was to be welcomed there was no room for complacency.
Deputy Kenny was responding to an article published in the Monday edition of the Irish Times that referred to an unpublished report showing figures that indicated the value of the drugs trade had decreased because of the economic crisis.
"While it is good that the value of drug seizures has decresed, Ireland must not be complacent. The drug trade is still a very serious issue for communities all over Ireland", Deputy Kenny said.
"Many communities and the families that live in them are intimidated every day by those involved in the drugs trade and the number of gangland murders shows that criminals involved in peddling drugs are still active.", he continued.
Deputy Kenny said that he would be raising the matter of the report that the Irish Times had seen, and would ask that it be brought before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice & Defence for discussion.
"This report must be read and discussed by the Committee. It is essential that the matter is discussed and not simply referred to in the media", he concluded.