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# Drugs

Last week
28th May 2023 - 3rd June 2023
# West Dublin
Organised crime searches seize stolen motorbikes along with drugs, ammunition and €200,000 cash
An operation targeting organised crime gangs saw “coordinated searches” yesterday across Ronanstown, Finglas, Lucan and Castleknock.
# Drugs
Man charged after €100,000 worth of cocaine seized in Co Galway
€7,300 in cash was also seized following the search of a residence in An Spidéal, Co Galway yesterday evening.
Last month
May 2023
# Drugs Seizure
Man arrested after €3.9 million worth of cannabis seized in Balbriggan, Co Dublin
One man in his 20s was arrested.
# Gardaí
Two men arrested in connection with drug seizure in Cork
The men are aged in their late teens and 20s.
THE MORNING LEAD
FactFind: What is the relationship between social inequality, drug use and drug-related harms?
A report by
Shane Raymond
A survey shows consequences of drugs differ across socio-economic levels, even as the prevalence of use doesn’t.
# Dublin
Man (40s) arrested after herbal cannabis worth over €1 million seized in Dublin
The seizure was made as part of a joint operation between An Garda Síochána and Revenue.
# Courts
Man jailed for five years after suitcase containing €1 million of drugs found in his home
Heroin with an estimated value of around €560,000 and cocaine valued at approximately €490,000 was found during a search of the address.
# Homelessness
84 homeless people died during 2019, mostly in Dublin
93% of those who died had a history of drug and alcohol use, and 55% of deaths were primarily the result of poisoning caused by drugs.
# Drugs
Three arrested as 360k worth of cannabis seized in north Dublin
A man and woman in their 30s were arrested by Gardaí today, while a man in his 20s was arrested on Wednesday.
# Drugs
Report on young people's attitudes towards drugs calls for decriminalisation
47% of the young people surveyed thought that treatment and support was the solution to drug abuse.
April
April 2023
# Courts
Man charged with drugs offences after Limerick Garda operation targeting organised crime
Michael Kalinowski appeared before Limerick District Court today.
# Arrest
Serving garda arrested at Dublin Airport for alleged possession of drugs
The woman, aged in her 30s, is a serving member in the Dublin region.
# Ringaskiddy
Suspected cocaine estimated to be worth €3.8 million found in refrigeration unit at Cork port
The drugs are believed to have been imported into the country from Ecuador.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you think drugs should be decriminalised?
The Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs will convene this weekend.
THE MORNING LEAD
Addiction experts, campaigners concerned over 'transparency' of new Citizens' Assembly
A report by
Eoghan Dalton
The intervention comes ahead of the Citizens’ Assembly for drugs getting underway this weekend.
March
March 2023
# Medicine
Almost 1 million doses of illegal and counterfeit medicine seized by HPRA in 2022
Almost half of the substances seized were sedative medicines or anabolic steroids.
# Drugs
Man arrested at Dublin Airport with €544,000 worth of cannabis in his luggage
During the course of the search approximately 27kg of suspected cannabis was found.
# Cannabis
Man arrested and over €100,000 of cannabis seized in Waterford
A man in his 30s was arrested by An Garda Síochána and is currently held at a Garda station in Co. Waterford.
# Charged
Man due in court following seizure of €1.1 million worth of cannabis in Co Kildare
He is due to appear before Naas District Court at 10.30am today.
# Man in the Middle
Paul Reid is 'pragmatic' about the criticism of his role as Chair of Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
A number of politicians have questioned the appointment.
# Gardaí
Two arrested and €27,000 worth of drugs seized during raids in Co Wicklow
During the operation two residential properties were searched in Wicklow Town and Greystones along with an industrial unit in Delgany.
# Public Health
Drug decriminalisation policy 'could help with criminal and social issues', Irish report finds
Decriminalisation is the removal of criminal penalties for possession of drugs for personal use.
February
February 2023
# Drugs
More than a dozen people hospitalised from cannabis edibles in recent months
A HSE expert warned that sythetic canabinoids can cause respiratory problems, cardiac problems and mental health problems such as psychosis and paranoia.
# Chief citizen
Former head of the HSE Paul Reid has been appointed to lead the Citizens' Assembly on Drugs
Reid was head of the HSE until last year.
# operation tara
Man due in court over seizure of over €480,000 worth of drugs
He is due to appear before the Criminal Courts of Justice this afternoon.
# Drugs
Minister for Justice Simon Harris says he 'hasn't heard' of drug use in Leinster House
Harris said such matters should be reported to the Gardaí, as Fine Gael TDs were quizzed on drug policy and personal drug use.
# drug policy
Citizens' Assembly will examine State response to illegal drugs and report back by end of year
Cabinet this morning agreed to begin the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs in April.
# Drugs
Revenue seize MDMA tablets worth over €300,000 in Athlone
A parcel of MDMA weighing 5 kg was found with an address in Kildare written on it.
Voices
Opinion: We as legislators must be brave and make difficult decisions regarding drug laws
Fianna Fáil’s Paul McAuliffe says we cannot consider drug laws without understanding the trauma behind drug use.
# drugs policy
Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected to begin before summer
The Taoiseach said that a report by the Oireachtas Justice Committee would help set the terms of reference.
# drugs policy
'The war on drugs does not work': Fianna Fáil TDs call for reform to drugs policy
A report from the Oireachtas Justice Committee called for an acceleration of decriminalisation.
This year
2023
# North Dublin
Man (22) arrested after Revenue officers seize over €339,000 worth of cocaine in north Dublin
The seizure was made in the north Dublin area earlier today.
Last year
2022
# drug policy
'No view' on cannabis legalisation, says Varadkar as Citizens' Assembly on drugs expected in 2023
He said that “the public are ahead of the politicians” on issues like drugs policy and abortion.
# Gardaí
Cannabis worth €2.4 million seized after gardaí intercept two vehicles in Dublin
Gardaí searched a residential premises in Dublin’s south inner city and a business premises in west Dublin.
# An Garda Síochána
Gardaí have intercepted 77 assassination attempts since Regency murder, report reveals
The research shows the amount of drugs seized by Gardaí last year increased by 73.5% to €63.68 million.
Voices
Gino Kenny: It's time to decriminalise the possession of cannabis for personal use
The People Before Profit TD says his bill will provide a stepping stone to a more progressive drugs policy in Ireland.
# Finglas
Cannabis jelly factory 'responsible for child hospitalisations' discovered by Dublin gardaí
Chief Superintendent Finbarr Murphy said cannabis jellies have been responsible for child sicknesses.
# Courts
Polish man sentenced to 7.5 years in prison for transporting over €1.5m worth of cannabis
The court heard that Revenue officials were informed of goods being transported from Malaga in Spain to Ireland.
# streets of limerick
'The level of sickness we're seeing is massive': A day on addiction outreach in Limerick city
Drug workers in the city say the people seeking their services are more excluded and more unwell than ever.
# Crime
New 'street crime' Garda taskforce for Dublin to be established
It is understood the task force could include operations to target low and mid-level drug dealing.