Wednesday 24 May 2017

Drama highlights drugs scourge

Sir -- I think RTE's crime drama, Love/Hate, captures well the sordid, self-destructive nature of Ireland's gangland scene. It shows that crime really doesn't pay, and that the supposed "glamour" associated with gangland figures is illusory.

But it also serves as a powerful reminder of the fact that there is an even greater threat to the lives and well-being of so many people in this country, other than the economic recession and the fall-out from the banking scandals. For although the state of the public finances may be dominating news headlines, we can't afford to ignore the activities of the drug gangs that are luring increasing numbers of people, including children, into the horrors of narcotic addiction, who kill rivals, tear innocent families apart and destroy whole communities with breezy nonchalance.

In my own town, as in so many parts of Ireland, drugs are becoming a problem that community leaders are doing their best to counteract. But they have a real task on their hands.

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