Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Justice Niall Collins TD, has called on the Government to take action to address the concerns of the community in Roscrea where two public meetings in recent weeks have seen thousands of people come out to protest against drug abuse in their town.
Last night over 1,000 people attended a public meeting to discuss the growing drug problem in Roscrea.
Deputy Collins commented: “The fact that two meetings in as many weeks have seen almost 2,000 people come out to air their concerns about drug use in Roscrea should serve as a wake-up call to the Government.
“The views of the people of the town cannot be dismissed and the Government needs to take them seriously. The sheer number of people at last night’s meeting, which represents 1/5 of the town’s population, shows how deep rooted the concerns are about rising instances of suicide and the effects of drug abuse .
“Drug dealers are moving out of cities and large urban centres and targeting towns like Roscrea, and Gardaí need to have proper resources to tackle this. Communities need to be vigilant and the people of Roscrea are to be congratulated for their stance.
“Cities and large towns have dedicated drug units but rural areas have been neglected. Criminal elements have responded to this by moving into towns with high levels of unemployment like Roscrea.
“The Minister for Justice must ensure adequate resources are given to the Gardaí to deal decisively with the elevated levels of drug use in smaller towns.
“The events in Roscrea are mirrored in towns all over the country; these towns need to get more Garda resources to prevent the scourge of drug addiction spreading.”