Cllr Ó Murchú Welcomes CAB Role in Louth

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has warmly welcomed the clarification about the role of the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) at Monday’s joint meeting of the Louth Policing Committees.

Speaking after a private meeting with representatives of CAB, Cllr. Ó Murchú said he was pleased with the accessibility of the bureau outlined at the meeting by Chief Superintendent Patrick Clavin.

Cllr Ó Murchú said “We have a serious problem with organised drug gangs across this county and in particular, Dundalk and Drogheda. The community suffers terribly from the drug dealing, intimidation, arson and the violence of these gangs.  Their extortionate means of drug debt recovery from the families of addicts, backed up with brutality and terror is a huge issue. CAB has operated over the years as a serious tool against organised crime and I welcome any measures that can be taken.

He said: “I was particularly pleased to note that the threshold of assets that can be seized by CAB has been lowered to €5,000 which means that so-called ‘small-time drug dealers’ can also be targeted.”

Councillor Ó Murchú was also concerned “about the figures presented which revealed that Louth has the third highest number of CAB targets in the state after the greater Dublin area and Limerick, which obviously has serious implications for Garda resources in the county.

“To hear Chief Superintendent Christy Mangan frankly admit that he told the Justice Minister as recently as Monday that the budget he has this year is ‘grossly insufficient’ to do what he has to do, is truly shocking and is something that I have already raised with the Sinn Féin team in Leinster House.

“I would hope that we could see the Criminal Assets Bureau operating locally in co-operation with the Gardaí. Successful Garda arrest operations can be difficult in a ‘subcontracted criminal enterprise’ where main players use vulnerable people as their ‘cut outs’ and keep themselves ‘clean’. Many drug dealers are living cash rich and many without intricate money laundering systems and so we would hope this weak point could be used by CAB to disrupt, impact and possibly shut down some of their operations.

“I am also encouraged by the fact the CAB was able to give several reassurances that not only will they take the information they receive seriously but that no-one will have to go to court to give evidence.”

CAB can be contacted on email at or at 01 6663266

Kevin Meenan Welcomes Arrest of Drug-Dealers

Sean-240x300Following the arrest of several drug dealers yesterday in Dundalk, Cllr Kevin Meenan has welcomed the news saying that ‘key players’ were arrested along with lower level players.

Speaking at length on the Michael Reade Show on Wednesday, Kevin Meenan outlined the impact on the community that the scourge of drugs can have, and the effect on family around the person.

“I am encouraged by the fact that it was an undercover operation and not just the usual dramatic raids which can be predictable, yesterday’s events are welcomed by the community and myself. I am delighted to hear of the arrests and that there will be more. This is what the community has been crying out for for a long time and hopefully this is the first of many steps they are going to take in relation to the problem.”

“The usual suspects, for want of a better term, have been hit and there are different grades. We have seen one or two key players and those working underneath them. They are not the organised crime gangs you would see in Dublin but if yesterday’s measures weren’t taken, that is what you would end up with. It’s good to get in and dismantle any kind of organised apparatus they may have at his early stage.”

Cllr Meenan talked about the misery that surrounds the drug culture.

“The vast majority of crimes in Dundalk could probably be pinned down to being drug related”.

  • People with drug problems could steal to pay back drug debts.
  • People on drugs are living in misery also. Family members may be in a position to have to purchase drugs
  • Extortion
  • Blackmailed into selling drugs i.e. holding drugs in your house and then accused of taking some
  • House fires as a result of dealers pressurising their ‘staff’ to continue selling

Cllr Meenan said “Not everyone consciously goes in to become drug dealers – Some do, and these are the ones who would never take drugs themselves, they drive flashy cars and are awash with money. It is those who work for them are usually addicts and don’t enjoy the cash end of things because all they are doing is selling to pay for their habit.”

Looking to the future, Kevin Meenan said “yesterday was just one strand of dealing with the problem, we have to educate young people on how easy it is to get drawn in to the whole culture. Even a simple thing like taking drugs into your house for a night could see you blackmailed into selling drugs a year later. This is what happens young people. They are being targeted if they are vulnerable, or perhaps from a home that wouldn’t have a lot of money, we have to look at the social problems too.”

“I have often been puzzled as to who gets involved in drugs. People I grew up with, who hung around the fringes have gotten involved. You can probably say that, yes, it was predictable that they went down that road, but some people have become serious heroin users that are not so obvious. It’s not necessarily your background. There are people I have seen with horrific backgrounds and have got involved the same as people who come from fantastic backgrounds have also got involved. Good families who have one member who has gone down that road and suffered the consequences for that and near enough brought their whole family down with them.

“So, people get involved with taking drugs for various reasons but it’s not exactly clear in terms of who”

“The message is out there that these drugs are highly addictive but we all see addicts walking around and we know they are on something, their clothes, they go downhill, they can’t talk properly, speech is slurred”.

“I have shown my own daughter the effect of drugs as they come up to me for help. It’s so easy to overdose on these drugs also”

“The realty is, to deal with the scourge of drugs we require a multi-agency approach and a special anti-drugs task force for the North Louth area. This is imperative to confront the drugs issue in Dundalk as well as any cross-border distribution of drugs.”


Adams welcomes anti-drugs arrests in Dundalk

DSC_3254_6510Sinn Féin Louth TD Gerry Adams has welcomed the Garda operation against suspected drug dealers in the Dundalk area which has seen the seizure of heroin, cocaine, cannabis and prescription drugs.

Teachta Adams said;

“This is not the first operation of this kind by An Garda Síochána against suspected drug dealers in the Dundalk area. Some of those targeted have been arrested before in similar operations.

While this action will be welcomed by Dundalk citizens there is however a concern at the lack of resources allocated to the Gardaí in Dundalk to properly address the sale and supply of drugs in the town.

The scourge of drugs requires a multi-agency approach and a special anti-drugs task force for the North Louth area, including Dundalk. This is imperative to confront the drugs issue in Dundalk, as well as any cross border distribution of drugs.

“I will raising this matter with the Justice Minister at the earliest opportunity.”



Drugs Task Force needed in Dundalk – Adams

DSC_3254_6510Louth TD Gerry Adams has said that additional resources must be allocated the the Gardaí in Dundalk to properly address the sale and supply of drugs in the town.

Gerry Adams said;

“Gardaí raided a number of properties in Dundalk during the week in connection with criminal drugs gangs

“I welcome the fact that the local Gardaí are proactive on this issue and I acknowledge their efforts. 

“However local communities in Dundalk are concerned that that one off operations have limited effect.

“There must be a multi agency approach and a special anti drugs task force must be established in Dundalk.

“I will be raising this matter with the Justice Minister and the Gardaí locally to ensure that this task force is established and that every effort is made to stop the drugs gangs.”