D'Arcy calls for establishment of Drugs Taskforce in county

By Amy Lewis

Published 17/09/2016 | 00:00

Joint committee member, Senator Michael D'Arcy with the House of the Oireachts report of, Inquiry into the Banking Crisis.
Joint committee member, Senator Michael D'Arcy with the House of the Oireachts report of, Inquiry into the Banking Crisis.

Michael D'Arcy called for the introduction of a Special Drugs Task Force in Wexford to tackle the growing problem with drugs in the county.

Speaking at the Joint Policing Committee Meeting, the Wexford TD said 'we really need a dedicated taskforce for the county'.

'We really need it badly,' he said to Superintendent John Roche. 'I am asking you to bring it together.'

Supt John Roche said that in recent times burglaries have been their main priority. However, he said that now this is 'under control', they are reviewing their plans.

'We can't do it overnight and man power is an issue. But I can assure you that we will consider it,' he said.

Supt Roche said that there are six Gardaí working full-time on tackling drugs in Wexford.

Supt Roche said the difficulty in the development of a drugs taskforce is 'building up experience and keeping it'.

'We need to find people who will dedicate a few months (for training) and stay for a few years,' he said, saying that there is a constant movement in the force.

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