Blake critical of cut in budget

Blake critical of cut in budget

Blake critical of cut in budget

Former Letterkenny councillor, P.J. Blake, has spoken of his "disbelief" at the news announced by the Garda Commissioner of a 50% cut to his budget to fight organised crime.

Stating that the Garda chief had appeared to contradict himself by saying that money would be available if needed, the local anti-drugs campaigner insisted; "Either the money is available or it's not. There is no question or doubt that this country is going backwards and, as always, it is the weak, the poor and the underprivileged who will suffer the most.

"You can be sure of one thing, the crime bosses will not be cutting back on their budgets," Mr. Blake declared.

"I listened with disbelief to the news that the Garda Commissioner was announcing over a 50% cut to his budget. What is going on here?," the Letterkenny based campaigner demanded.

As more people descended into poverty the temptation to turn to drugs would intensify, he maintained. "And you can be sure that the drug pushers will be on hand to supply them.

"It is despicable to think that not only the resources that were there to fight the drug barons have been halved, but the number of Gardai on the street will decrease by over 1,000 over the coming year. Let no-one be under any illusions that these drug barons will not take advantage of this situation."

Mr. Blake said he was "upset but not surprised" that the Government had recently enacted a law for drug driving that exactly mirrored a law that was introduced for drink driving in 1963.

"We are now going to have Gardai getting drivers to walk in straight lines and hopping on one leg to try to decide if these people have drugs taken. This is exactly how they tested for alcohol in 1963, and we all know that that didn't work."