Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú, Sinn Fein Louth, Dundalk South
Sinn Féin Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú has welcomed the news that a Drugs and Organised Crime Unit will be set up for Louth.
The announcement was made by Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan at a local policing forum meeting last night.
During the meeting, the Supt. said that targeting drugs alone was not enough and warned that "the person with the BMW on social welfare would come under scrutiny".
Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú said that he was completely in support of the news.
"I think that the new Drugs and Organised Crime Unit will help to tackle the blight that is the drug dealing scene in Louth," said Ó Murchú."
The Louth Cllr also told the Dundalk Democrat that the problem of drugs and related crimes was so widespread and was difficult for gardai to tackle. However, he thought the new Drugs and Organised Crime Unit would help Gardai to take a more strategic approach to their investigations to get the "right people" instead of "constantly putting out fires".
Cllr O Murchú also mentioned there are a lot of drug-related debts in the area and families who are getting caught up in the scene.
"I would hope that the new unit could eradicate situations like this and generally make the Gardai's operations faster, better and stronger. With the new inspectors in place, Gardai can build up their skill sets to tackle drug-related crimes in Louth," he said.
Cllr O Murchú added that recreational drug users would have to "take a look at themselves" as they were funding the activities of these criminals and a lot of "ancillary crimes which are drug-related".
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"There are Tús workers who would lift 20 to 30 syringes over the course of a week from areas in Dundalk," the Louth Cllr noted.
Finally, he hoped that the new Drugs and Organised Crime Unit would provide "more disruptions" for individuals involved in the criminal element of the local drug scene.
"Sinn Féin has called for a unit like this to be set up a number of times. It will be great to see the new resources having a direct impact on communities across Louth," Cllr O Murchú concluded.