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Drugs “one of the largest employers” in North Dublin, says TD

“If there ever was a war against drugs, we have lost it – that war is over.”

That is what Fianna Fáil TD for Dublin North-West, Paul McAuliffe, told the Dáil this week, speaking about issues within Dublin city.

The Deputy also called for a Citizens’ Assembly on drug use next year.

“I can walk out of this House and purchase drugs on any street corner,” said the Deputy, who called for a “realistic” view of drug use in Ireland.

“People tell me there are parts of their estates where the shop, as they call it, is open all hours of the day and night,” he said.

“We must accept, therefore, that drugs are freely available for sale and that thousands of people are purchasing these products. In fact, in my community, the drugs industry is probably one of the single largest employers.

“This is a very sad thing to say, but as other Deputies have said, it is a realistic response to the trauma that often exists.”

The TD said that the use of drugs “is no different than the trauma that existed in previous decades when many parents, often men, languished in pubs.”

“This is not to say that taking drugs is a positive thing or that I would necessarily agree with legalising drugs or with them being freely available,” he said.

“What I am saying is that there are criminal gangs – we all know their names – and they have a more detrimental impact on the safety of communities than the substances they are selling. We must, then, have trauma-informed communities and have the citizens’ assembly on drugs next year and legislate for the implementation of its findings.”

As reported previously, the HSE has distributed 50,000 crackpipes over 5 years, supposedly to facilitate safer usage of crack cocaine.


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