Saturday 21 January 2017

Win for our crime gangs

Published 16/05/2010 | 09:58

Sir -- Well done to Government, acting with urgency to bring in legislation to prohibit the sale of many, heretofore, legal highs. The Liveline Brigade has got its way. An easy win-win for the two main policy-making groups in the State. And a big win for criminal gangs, heavily reliant on drugs money to keep their empires ticking over. No doubt the champagne corks were popping in West Dublin, Moyross and the likes.

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Our Justice Minister said that the safety of the community was at risk by the operation of head shops.

I am not alone in thinking that underworld thugs do a far more damaging job of threatening community safety. State-controlled head shops would have provided a chance to police those who take drugs as well as providing a badly-needed new tax intake while at the same time weakening the power of our criminal gangs.

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