Open drug dealing in Ballymun on a ‘scale seen in few other communities’ in Ireland
Figures from the Central Statistics Office revealed controlled drug offences have doubled over the past four years, and an eight-fold increase since 2003
Drug addiction and crack cocaine use is on the rise after garda numbers dropped in the area.
Senior officers say open dealing is happening in Ballymun, North Dublin, on a scale seen in very few other communities in the country.
Figures from the Central Statistics Office revealed controlled drug offences have doubled over the past four years, and an eight-fold increase since 2003.
The report titled Ballymun – A Brighter Future from ex-Lord Mayor Andrew Montague illustrates how the underlying issues in the area have led to the growth of the drugs market. Despite Ballymun being the Garda Division with the fourth highest level of murders and attempted murders in the country, it has the eighth lowest level of officers.
In the past year the report says just eight drug unit and eight community gardai were working from the area’s station and 50 more gardai are needed.
It added a comprehensive approach is needed to tackle gangland crime as well as early interventions to protect youngsters from falling victim to crime.
Fianna Fail TD Paul McAuliffe said: “For those who believe physical regeneration alone fixed the problems of Ballymun, the report demonstrates how underlying disadvantage, addiction and unemployment has directly impacted on the creation of open drug markets in the area.
“The report clearly outlines actions and recommendations which need to be taken, and as the only Government TD in the constituency, I intend to use whatever influence I have to ensure the actions are delivered.
“I look forward to working with stakeholders to ensure the recommendations outlined in this report are acted and followed up on.”