Sinn Féin tackles ‘scourge of drugs’ in Crossmaglen

March 2, 2010

Crossmaglen Councillor, Terry Hearty, has responded to calls from concerned residents regarding the growing drug problem in the area by arranging a public meeting to be held on Tuesday next, 9th March.

The Sinn Fein elected representative has lobbied Newry and Mourne District Council to facilitate a meeting in Crossmaglen, to bring all interested parties together in an effort to quell the supply and use of drugs by young people in the area.

“We must act now before it’s too late,” was Councillor Hearty’s message during a recent registration meeting in Crossmaglen Ranger’s GFC.  Part of this registration meeting, which was held on Tuesday 23rd February, involved a presentation on drug and alcohol awareness by representatives from Cuan Mhuire addiction centre.  Many concerned parents in attendance on the night voiced their desire that elected representatives must do something about this blight on their lives.

“I am extremely worried about the level of complaints from parents and residents in the town regarding the easy availability of drugs,” Mr Hearty said.

“There is a responsibility on the statutory bodies such as the Housing Executive and the PSNI to deal with these drug dealers and there is a responsibility on each of us to protect our young people.

“Another concern among local people is the lengths that young people will go to to purchase drugs once they have become addicted,” he continued.

“Already the number of burglaries is on the increase and older people are once again feeling very vulnerable in their own homes as gangs of young people and drug pushers descend on certain houses in the town at all hours of the day and night.”

Representatives from all interested parties are invited to attend the meeting which he has asked the council to convene on Tuesday 9th March at 8pm in Crossmaglen Community Centre.

“I have arranged this meeting as I believe it is of the utmost importance to tackle this problem before it engulfs the area.  The PSNI, Housing Executive and South Armagh Community Safety Partnership will be in attendance, so local people can put their concerns and ideas directly to them,” he said.

“I am also calling on groups across South Armagh such as the local Football Clubs, local Safety Groups, Youth Clubs, Community Associations, Church representatives, local Cumainn, Community Restorative Justice, Schools and all other interested parties to attend this meeting so that we can develop a strategy together and rid our area of the scourge of drugs.”