Illegal drugs industry is North West Dublin’s ‘biggest employer’, says TD

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Dublin has lost the war against the illegal drugs industry, which is now one of North West Dublin’s “biggest employers”, the Dáil said.

ocal TD Paul McAuliffe said the drugs are ‘available for free’ on just about any corner, with dealers operating day and night.

“If there was ever a war on drugs, we lost it. This war is over. I can walk out of this house and buy drugs at any corner,” he said.

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

“So we have to accept that the drugs are freely available for sale and that thousands of people are buying these products.

“In fact, in my community, the drug industry is probably one of the biggest employers,” he added.

The North West Electoral Area represents Ballymun, Finglas, Glasnevin and Whitehall.

TD said the industry had a “more detrimental impact” on the community than the substances themselves.

“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 sell,” he told the Dáil yesterday.

“We need to engage with those communities and talk to them about what decriminalization or drug reform might look like.”

Opening the debate, Justice Minister Helen McEntee confirmed that a new guard station would be opened on O’Connell Street.

‘A property at 13A Upper O’Connell Street is currently being redeveloped as a guardhouse to improve high visibility policing in Dublin city centre,’ she said.

“The new station will have an office for members of the public to seek help and report crimes and provide support to victims of crime when they enter.

“This new station will increase the visible presence of An Garda Síochána on O’Connell Street and improve the gardaí’s ability to respond effectively to criminal activity,” she added.

Meanwhile, TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said drug trafficking, harassment, intimidation, violence and destruction of property were taking place in tourist areas of the city.

“People are constantly yelling at me in my office. They come home in the evening and hope that they can close the door and that rogue elements outside will not enter their home in any way,” he said.

“The advice to those who have been threatened because of a drug debt from a son or other relative is to pay up.”

The Dublin South-Central TD added that areas such as Cherry Orchard have been “ignored for too long”.

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