Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign has today announced details of their meeting entitled ‘Working together-Tackling Intimidation’. The meeting will take place tomorrow, Thursday May 19th in Dublin’s Ballybough Community Centre, Ballybough Road.
Citywide Co-ordinator Daithi Doolan explained, “This meeting is in response to numerous requests we have received from individuals, families and communities right across the country for CityWide to work with them to respond to the challenges of intimidation. Intimidation continues to follow the drugs crisis where ever it goes. Whole communities are now besieged by criminal gangs who are terrorising people into submission.”
Doolan says, “Tomorrow’s meeting will allow community activists, Drug Task Forces, Joint Policing Committees, public representatives, Gardai and community groups to come together to discuss the level of intimidation facing people and how we respond to it. The day has a full agenda with contributions for senior Gardai, community based responses and the Health Research Board. More importantly it will allow communities to come together to discuss, debate and agree what the next actions should be. In tackling the drugs crisis we have learnt that there is no magic solution, but experience has shown is that it is only by working together that we can get the best results. If we do not act together now, intimidation will undo many of the gains we made in recent years”
Doolan concluded by encouraging the Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy, Roisin Shortall TD, “to work in partnership with the communities to tackle intimidation.”
For Further information contact Daithi Doolan, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign.
Telephone: 01 8365090/087-2077080