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Reducing drug deaths made national priority under Operation Tara

The campaign, codenamed Operation Tara, is being driven from the top of the organisation and involves a range of initiatives:

  • Dedicated drug units in each of the divisions;
  • Involvement of regular garda units and community gardaí in combatting drug dealing in communities;
  • National coordination of the operation under Special Crime Operations, headed by assistant commissioner John O'Driscoll;
  • Oversight of divisional drug units by the Garda National Drugs and Organised Crime Bureau (DOCB)
  • A reinvigorated structure to help address drug-related intimidation of users and their families by gangs;
  • Awareness campaign to educate people on drugs and the drug trade

The national prioritisation given to reducing drug-related deaths comes on the back of rising fatalities, growing treatment figures and the spread of drug-related violence outside the cities, as seen in Drogheda and Longford.


Source: Cormac O'Keeffe, Irish Examiner, 17th February 2020

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