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# Drugs

Last week
26th November 2023 - 2nd December 2023
Two arrests and €8 million in heroin seized as Gardaí intercept plane at Weston Airport
The airport, which is also a flight school, is located between Lucan and Celbridge.
Last month
November 2023
Inside Ireland's new high-security forensic labs
A long-awaited new building for Forensic Science Ireland will house more than 200 staff.
Alcohol consumption levels have decreased in the last five years, survey finds
“Concerning” binge drinking trends among young adults and parents were also found.
Irish society 'hates heroin users': Former minister hits out at drugs policy
Aodhán Ó Ríordáin says Ireland needs to reevaluate its attitude to people with addiction issues.
Service users 'devastated' amid plan to shut down 'vital' addiction support service in Dublin
Employees at Neart le Chéile in Clondalkin have been told the centre will close down at the end of next month.
The Explainer: What caused dozens of overdoses in Dublin recently?
This week on The Explainer, we’re joined by Dr Austin O Carroll, a GP who specialises in addiction services, to look closer at what happened and find out more about these synthetic opioids. We also examine where all of this fits into the concerns around fentanyl and the possibility of its arrival in Ireland.
People Before Profit Bill to legalise personal use of cannabis seen as ‘test for Government'
If the Bill becomes legislation it will make it legal for someone to possess up to 7g of cannabis.
A potent synthetic opioid was found in the heroin that caused overdoses, but what are nitazenes?
Fifty-seven people have overdosed in Dublin city since last Thursday.
At least 40 people in Dublin overdose on 'very potent' heroin batch as HSE issues fresh warning
Trace amounts of a nitazene-type substance were found in a brown powder associated with one of the overdoses.
HSE issues warning after cluster of heroin overdoses in Dublin city today
It’s understood there were around 13 overdoses in the Dublin region this morning.
Ireland 'needs to be ready' for increase in fentanyl use amid expected heroin shortage
Concerns have also been raised about xylazine, a powerful sedative typically used in animal surgeries.
Two men charged following seizure of over €2 million worth of drugs on Friday
Two other men, aged in their 20s and 30s, arrested as part of the operation have been released from custody.
Revenue seize drugs worth €4.6 million in Dublin and Athlone
Herbal cannabis with an estimated value of €4.2 million was discovered concealed in large steel containers at Dublin Port.
October 2023
Gardaí recorded over 22,000 incidents of assault last year, report finds
The figure represents a 16.3% increase in recorded assaults when compared to 2021.
Cannabis herb worth €3.7m seized in Dublin Airport after Canada cargo flight
The drugs were marked as ‘Work Shoes’ and ‘Spray Overalls’.
Man charged in connection with €3.2 million cannabis seizure four years ago
The man was arrested at Dublin Airport last night.
Citizens' Assembly on Drugs Use to vote on key recommendations to Government
Legislation has been one of the most hotly debated issues considered by the assembly.
51kg of cannabis herb found in bag search of passengers arriving from the US
The drugs are estimated to be worth over €1m
Opinion: The Citizens' Assembly on Drug Use has a once-in-a-lifetime chance to effect change
Our authors urge the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs, which meets for the final time this weekend, to be bold in their recommendations.
Man arrested after €3.9 million worth of cannabis seized in Dublin
Searches were carried out in Drumcondra and Fairview.
Fentanyl being 'constantly monitored' amid fears of drug hitting Irish market, minister says
Europe is bracing itself for a potential heroin shortage after the Taliban banned poppy cultivation.
Dr Chris Luke: What exactly happens to your body when you take cocaine?
The retired medical consultant looks at the murky history of the white powder and pulls no punches on what exactly it does to the body.
September 2023
Chief Medical Officer says level of cannabis use in Ireland is ‘of great concern’
The Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use is meeting to consider a broad range of perspectives on prevention.
Gardaí confirm Cork cocaine seizure is 'largest ever' in State's history
Elite Army Ranger Wing soldiers took control of the ship off the Cork/Waterford coast yesterday.
Street value of massive cocaine haul could be 'double or treble' its estimated €157m pricetag
Members of the elite Army Ranger Wing boarded a cargo ship and seized the suspected cocaine off the south coast yesterday afternoon.
Opinion: The Citizens’ Assembly on Drug Use needs more diversity of speakers and thought
Lynn Ruane, Ian Marder and Cian O’Concubhair say independent, critical, expert voices on policing and criminal justice are desperately needed.
Gardaí make nine arrests and seize €50,000 worth of drugs in series of searches in Wexford
Six men and two women have already appeared before the Courts as part of these investigations, gardaí confirmed.
Fishing boat owners turning to work with drug trafficking gangs to deal with financial pressures
A report by
Niall O'Connor
Recently The Journal travelled to Lisbon to examine its drugs policy and met with the head of a European-funded agency combating drug smuggling.
Factcheck: What did an expert on Youth Justice tell the Citizens’ Assembly about drug crime?
A UL professor said most young offenders simply “grow out of crime” without intervention.
Herbal cannabis and suspected ketamine worth €1.3 million seized at Dublin Airport
The drugs were seized as part of two separate intelligence-led operations on Saturday.
Senior Garda tells Citizens' Assembly on Drugs Use he has 'grave concerns' over legalisation
This weekend’s meeting will consist of talks and workshops looking at Ireland’s present legal approach to drugs, and possible ways forward.
Gardaí seize over a million euro worth of cannabis
The seizure is part of an ongoing operation targeting the drug trade in the Dublin area.
15 Defence Forces personnel dismissed or face dismissal from failing illicit drug tests in 2022
The Defence Forces last year spent €23,856 on drugs testing.
This year
Drug 'surrender bins' to be in operation again at Electric Picnic, gardaí warn no amnesty given
The HSE screening team found drugs that had never been detected in the state before at the event last year.
Two arrested and €1.6 million of drugs seized in north Dublin
Cocaine estimated to be worth €910,000 was seized along with cannabis herb valued at €720,000.
Man due in court following seizure of €9.3 million worth of cocaine in Rosslare Port
In total, almost 133 kilograms of cocaine was seized after Revenue officers had profiled an alleged offender.
Man (20s) arrested after €572,000 worth of cannabis seized in Dublin
The drugs were seized during the search of residential properties in the west Dublin area last night.
Man charged after seizure of €760k worth of cannabis hash and herb in South Dublin
The raid took place yesterday and targeted members of an organised crime operation in Dublin.
Man arrested as gardaí seize over €327k worth of suspected heroin and crack cocaine in Dublin
At around 2pm yesterday, gardaí searched a home under warrant in Tallaght.
Syrian government revokes BBC media accreditation over drug documentary
The announcement was made days after BBC Arabic released an investigative documentary looking into the illicit drugs trade in Syria.