Wednesday, 4 February 2004

Ceisteanna (220)

Gay Mitchell

Ceist:

311 Mr. G. Mitchell asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the measures which have been taken to stop ongoing drug dealing in a street in Dublin 8 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3427/04]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

I am informed by the Garda authorities that the area in question in Dublin 8 is policed by the gardaí from Kevin Street station by both uniform and detective Garda patrols. These patrols are augmented by patrols from the divisional crime task force, the special resource unit, the community policing unit and the district drug unit.

The combating of crime associated with drug abuse is a top priority for the gardaí at Kevin Street station and many significant successes in terms of seizure of drugs and apprehension of offenders have been achieved.

I am further informed by the Garda authorities that a recently established local Garda initiative designed to target street heroin dealing in the area is achieving notable results. The targeting of known offenders will continue in the area in question and its vicinity.