Fianna Fail councillor Ken Glynn has welcomed “with open arms” the approval of €300,000 in Dormant Accounts funding for the Dial-to-Stop Drug Dealing campaign, saying the scheme is of vital importance to our community.
“Over the past few years drugs have been the root cause of violence, crime, and waste of Garda time and money. I welcome this announcement wholeheartedly and hope that anyone with an awareness of drug dealers will contact the police to stop drugs becoming more rampant in our society,” said Cllr Glynn.
“The countless number of families that have contacted me or my office with their children hooked on class A drugs is phenomenal. There is only one way to stop this epidemic…Shop the dealers any chance you get.”
Minister for State John Curran and Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Eamon Ó Cuív, expressed satisfaction earlier this week that the next phase of this successful campaign is to be rolled out across Local and Regional Drugs Task Forces.
"The Dial-to-Stop Drug Dealing campaign is a great example of the innovative projects which Dormant Accounts funds. I am delighted that this funding will contribute in a significant way to help local areas deal with drug dealing which is so detrimental to our society,” said Minister Ó Cuív.
The Dial-to-Stop Drug Dealing campaigns are designed to encourage people to provide, through a confidential telephone line and anonymously if desired, any information which they may have on drug dealing. Such information will, as appropriate, be forwarded to An Garda Síochána.
Since its launch in September 2008, the Dial-to-Stop Drug Dealing campaign has received over 1,400 calls, which have generated in excess of 360 information reports to the Gardaí.
Anyone with information on drug dealing activity in their community can pick up the phone and dial freephone 1800 220 220.