Fianna Fáil Spokesperson for National Drug Policy and TD for Dublin Mid-West, John Curran has said that a new approach is now needed to tackle Ireland’s out of control drug fuelled and knife crime.

Deputy Curran made the comments in the wake of the deaths of a 17-year-old boy linked to gangland crime and the death of a 20-year-old Cork student who was stabbed to death overnight.

“I would like to offer my sympathies to the families and friends of both young men who tragically lost their lives in such a violent manner this week. Violent crimes are leaving communities across the country devastated and this week we have seen two families plunged into grief with the deaths of these two young men.”

“The tragic death of a 20-year-old student who died in a stabbing in Cork City overnight is another example of the escalation violence being experience in communities across the country.

“It is apparent that in recent years the incidence of knives being used in crime has increased significantly and Gardaí are aware of the growing trends of knife crime in Ireland.”

Deputy Curran also noted that the escalation of gangland related violence has resulted in the barbaric and gruesome murder of a 17-year-old child.

“The use of minors in drug distribution networks is appealing because of their age, there are fewer criminal consequences if they are caught. What is happening on our streets and in our communities is a national disgrace and we need to get serious about stopping it.

“Communities are being destroyed across the country and families being left devastated by this epidemic.

“A new approach is needed, and it is one which the Fine Gael led government has failed to achieve,” concluded Deputy Curran.