Paul McAuliffe: The illegal drug industry now has a much more negative impact on communities than the substances it sells – Anita McSorley


Somewhere in Dublin a young man or woman is starting a new job today. They are from Finglas or Ballymun or Ballyfermot.

They are well educated, experienced but naturally nervous about starting a new job. On the radio, the newsreader talks about “breaking news”, about a gang shooting in their area.

Their hearts sink as they know this will be the lunchtime conversation with people talking about their home region as if it were the Wild West.

The people of Dublin, especially those in the more deprived areas, all proud communities, have lived alongside the activities of these gangs for years.

We have seen murders and reprisals, arson and kidnappings, vulnerable young people used as pawns in the sale and delivery of drugs, and families targeted for drug debts.

The illegal drug industry now has a far more negative impact on our communities than the substance they sell.

The sanctions imposed by the US government on the Kinahans follow more than six years of work by the gardai and the Criminal Assets Bureau.

The sanctions, similar to those imposed on the Russian oligarchs, will bring international attention to Kinahan’s business activities, disrupt their distribution network and limit their ability to spend ill-gotten gains.

The gang has been incredibly successful in funneling the proceeds of organized crime through supposedly legitimate businesses, which obscures the true nature of this gang and its ruthless operation.

While today is an important milestone, it is also important that gardai on the ground continue to receive the necessary resources from the Garda Commissioner to disrupt these gangs who will continue to terrorize communities.

High-profile sports figures should also examine their conscience, in light of today’s announcement.

The attempt to use sport to legitimize and glorify the actions of criminal gangs has been going on for several years now.

And any athlete linked to a Kinahan-linked business must consider whether they can continue to let their talent and image be used by the cartel that is wreaking havoc on people’s lives not just here in Dublin, but across the country. Europe and in the North and the South. America.

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