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  • Northside West

Anger erupts over ‘open’ drug dealing

Tuesday, 24th April, 2018 8:00am

Story by Jack Gleeson
Anger erupts over ‘open’ drug dealing
Anger erupts over ‘open’ drug dealing

THE Chief Superintendent at Ballymun Garda Station is being asked to come up with a plan to deal with open drug dealing in the area.

The issue has been raised by locals at recent Safer Ballymun meetings who have expressed anger over what is being described as “blatant and obvious” drug transactions taking place in the community.

One local businessman who attended the most recent Safer Ballymun meeting said the local community deserve a response to the issue.

“Resident after resident gave one impassioned account after another of the misery in their lives due to drug dealing and criminal behaviour in their community,” he said.

“When out delivering or meeting people in their homes my staff and I are shocked at the anti-social activity Ballymun residents are expected to put up with.

“It is not tolerated in other parts of the city and should not be accepted here.”

Cllr Paul McAuliffe (FF) believes the problem is getting out of hand and has written to Chief Superintendent, Mark Curren, expressing concern.

“The dealing is so blatant, so obvious, you can almost time the deals and yet despite descriptions and details being given, the problem persists,” he said.

“We need a concentrated flood of gardaí in the area to clamp down on something that is totally unacceptable.”

Cllr McAuliffe told Superintendent Curren that the level of open drug dealing had significantly increased in recent months and residents were becoming increasingly frustrated.

“I appreciate that Garda resources are stretched due to funding issues but I cannot accept that open drug dealing is acceptable in any area of the city,” he wrote.

“I believe that a specific policing plan should be presented to the next Joint Policing Committee meeting, a plan that will tackle the isolated pockets in which regular and open drug dealing takes place.

“I was particularly concerned by reports from residents that they had given details of what could only be described as almost scheduled drug dealing activity to gardaí several times, yet gardaí were not in a position to put an operation in place to catch these criminals.”

Councillor Noeleen Reilly (IND) said there was a lot of anger at the recent Safer Ballymun meeting.

“I think people have had enough of the anti social behaviour and drug dealing,” she added.

“It’s time for answers and additional resources to be deployed to the area and Dublin to deal with the very obvious increase in drug dealing.”

Cllr Reilly has also put pen to paper in an effort to highlight the problem. She’s written to Minister for Justice, Charlie Flanagan, asking him to attend the next Joint Policing Committee meeting.

“It is with great concern that Garda numbers in Ballymun have not been increased, despite seeing an increase in gangland related crime and drug dealing,” her letter to the minster reads.

“Honest, decent, hard working people in Ballymun are at the end of their tether about the constant anti-social behaviour and lack of resources available in the area to deal with this.”

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