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Written Answers. - Drug Lectures.

Tuesday, 3 December 2002

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 558 No. 4

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 384. Mr. Wall Information on Jack Wall Zoom on Jack Wall  asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell  the reason the number of drug lectures given by the gardaí was lowest in the eastern region in the Carlow-Kildare division in view of the fact that this division would have the greatest population; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24825/02]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. McDowell): Information on Michael McDowell Zoom on Michael McDowell I am informed by the Garda authorities that 35 drug lectures were given to various groups in the Carlow-Kildare division during the year ended 31 December 2001 and that this number reflects the requests for lectures sought. The trend in giving lectures has evolved to addressing larger groups of people, thus allowing for efficiency in use of resources. Lectures are only one means of communicating relevant information by the gardaí to the public. The Garda Síochána also addresses a large numbers of listeners on relevant drug related issues through local radio in counties Kildare, Carlow and Wicklow. In addition, a mobile unit was used in the division for one week during the year by crime prevention officers to address crime prevention and drug abuse issues in the area. The mobile unit was set up in a prominent place in a different town each day.

The Garda authorities have assured me that drug lectures and addressing the public on drug related issues has always been an important part [1146] of crime prevention in this division and will remain so in the future.

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