Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice, Jim O’Callaghan TD has commended the work of Gardaí attached to the Crumlin Drugs Unit in discovering a suspected Crystal Meth laboratory in Walkinstown, Dublin 12.

He said, “Crystal methamphetamine or Crystal Meth as it is more commonly known, is one of the most insidious, synthetic street drugs and details of its emergence onto the illicit drug market in Ireland is deeply concerning.

“The highly addictive drug is proven to have devastating side effects which are potentially dangerous to the individual themselves but also to those around them. This makes those taking meth a threat to the public and to the emergency first responders that are often called on the treat the drug user.

“Reports today that an illegal laboratory for manufacturing the drug, has been discovered in South Dublin, sets a new precedence. It’s my understanding that this discovery is the first of its kind in the State.

“The toxic chemicals involved in ‘cooking’ meth are potentially explosive and therefore producing the drug can endanger those nearby.

“The importance of the work of the Garda Drugs Squad across the country cannot be overstated and the Government must ensure that they are consistently provided with adequate resources to prevent a spread of this synthetic drug and others like it.

O’Callaghan added, “Forensic Science Ireland plays an integral role in our criminal justice system and in this instance have guided and advised Gardaí in identifying evidence and the safe disposal of chemical materials found on-site.

“Director of Forensic Science Ireland, Dr. Shelia Willis has previously highlighted the need for a new laboratory to assist their work. The existing facility is unsuitable for modern science practices and cannot support the developments in pattern drug use.

“Coincidentally this week, I learned through Parliamentary Question that despite a Govt announcement in October 2016 that a new Forensic Science Laboratory would be delivered by 2017, the main construction works have been further deferred.

“Given last night’s discovery, I urge the Government to extend its full support to the crucial work carried out by Forensic Ireland and ensure that they are allocated resources to respond to emerging synthetic drug trends such as Crystal Meth,” concluded Deputy O’Callaghan.