Tuesday 21 May 2019

Warning over drug gang violence locally

Drugs gangs in Dundalk as lethal as those terrorising south Louth

Cllr Ruairi O Murchu
Cllr Ruairi O Murchu

Olivia Ryan

Drugs gangs operating in Dundalk are just as lethal as those terrorising communities in the escalating feud in Drogheda, according to a Louth Councillor.

The warning came from Cllr. Ruairí Ó Murchú who was speaking ahead of a meeting of the Louth Joint Policing Committee set to take place this Thursday evening.

He said the meeting was being held 'against a backdrop of ongoing intimidation of families in the county.'

Cllr. Ó Murchú warned that drugs-related attacks in Dundalk 'have been increasing in recent months, with the latest incident a shooting at a house at Rockfield Manor last month.'

'The feud in Drogheda has been escalating over the last number of weeks, but there is also an increase in drugs-related intimidation and attacks in Dundalk by criminal gangs who are just as dangerous and out of control as those in the south of the county.

'This is a problem right across the county and Dundalk has seen gun and petrol bomb attacks, along with pipe bombs and multiple attacks on homes and cars.'

He said the meeting, which is being held in Dunleer 'will allow members of the public to hear from Gardaí about their response to drugs-related intimidation and the proper steps families can take in these situations'.

He highlighted the case of a Louth family who were 'living in terror after they paid €3,700 to a drugs gang for a debt allegedly owed by their son.'

'The gang is now demanding a further €8,000 and the family has shown, Cllr. Ó Murchú said, 'remarkable courage by standing firm against this latest demand and working closely with Gardaí'.

'We are dealing with families from different parts of Dundalk who are living in fear because of these drugs gangs.

He welcomed a new drugs unit established in Dundalk earlier this year, but added: 'It's clear from the deteriorating situation across the county that far more is needed'.

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