IN the Seanad Senator Deirdre Clune has called on the Minister for Justice to crack down on the countless amounts of illegal substances which are imported into Ireland each day. This is in response to reports that an 18-year-old girl had to have her colon removed after she consumed diet pills which were purchased online. The teenager bought the herbal slimming agent, Botanical Soft Gel to lose weight but fell ill soon after she began taking the unregulated tablets.
FINE Gael Senator for Cork North Central and Seanad Spokesperson for Health, Colm Burke, has today (Thursday) said the enactment of the Health (Pricing and Supply of Medical Goods) Bill 2012, which will see generic drugs being used more often, will significantly reduce the cost of drugs to the State, easing budgetary pressure.
FINE Gael Cork South Central Senator, Deirdre Clune, has said the issue of drugs coming off patent is a challenge that has been faced by the pharmaceutical industry for years, but that this fact will do little to soften the blow for the workers affected by the job losses announced at Pfizer today (Wednesday). “The pharmaceutical sector is one that is constantly changing and this issue of drugs coming off patent is one that has been knocking around for a long time, presenting challenges for the industry globally. Nonetheless, these job losses will come as good news to no-one.
FINE Gael Cork Senator Jerry Buttimer has reiterated his Party’s call for a crisis action plan to be put in place to help deal with the proliferation of heroin use in Cork City and the scourge of drugs nationwide.
“Recent figures reveal that the number of heroin has users doubled between 2002 and 2008. Despite two national drugs strategies and additional resources being given to Gardaí, the scourge of heroin continues unabated with the result that there has been a massive rise in the number seeking help for addiction.
FINE Gael Cork South Central Senator Jerry Buttimer today condemned the murder of a man in a gangland style shooting in Wilton last night, calling for resources to be made available to Gardaí to help prevent the escalation of drug and turf wars.
“Under no circumstances can we countenance this level of gangland crime on the streets of Cork. It is imperative that the resources are given to gardaí to help in the prevention of drug and ‘turf’ wars.
LABOUR TD Ciarán Lynch said that last night’s shooting in Cork in is “yet another indication of the Government’s failure to tackle gangland crime, and gun crime in particular”.
“The suggestion that last night’s murder came about as a result of a criminal feud will be cold comfort to those left behind, and will not make it any less shocking for members of the local community.
“This shooting makes it clear that the criminal gangs that struggle for control of turf have no regard for society or human life. While lucrative profits are to be made from supplying the demand for drugs the crime bosses will continue to meet that demand and are prepared to direct the use of whatever level of violence is necessary to protect their profits, regardless of the consequences.
CORK Fine Gael Senator Jerry Buttimer, the party’s Seanad Spokesperson on Drugs, has said figures showing drugs are still rife in prisons, reflect a failure on the part of the Fianna Fáil Government to tackle the problems besetting Irish prisons. Senator Buttimer was responding to a statement made by Deputy Michael McGrath today
“The revelation that there were 1,100 drug seizures in 11 prisons over the course of last year is disturbing but unfortunately not surprising. What these figures are showing is the failure of the Fianna Fáil Government to show leadership in thwarting the increase in drugs in prisons. Minister Dermot Ahern must commit himself to addressing these issues.
DRUG use continues to be rampant in Irish prisons, according to Cork South Central TD Michael McGrath.
Deputy McGrath made his remarks after it was revealed that there were over 1,100 drug seizures in 11 of the country’s main prisons during 2009. Almost half of the drug seizures took place at Mountjoy prison. Deputy McGrath raised the matter in the Dáil and the information was provided to him by way of reply to a parliamentary question.