RAAD should ‘go away and stay away’

There has been strong condemnation of a threat by a vigilante group who have claimed they will kill drug dealers in the county.

There has been strong condemnation of a threat by a vigilante group who have claimed they will kill drug dealers in the county.

The threat came from group, Republican Action Against Drugs or RAAD, which is largely believed to be based in Derry but have claimed in the past that they have a “Donegal Unit”.

They group have carried out at least three attacks in Donegal over the last two years and have now issued another warning via a local newspaper using a recognised code word, which is believed to an authentic threat.

Last year, the group issued an unspecified threat but this announcement is seen as more specific targeting dealers in Inishowen.

The group have claimed responsibility for a gun attack in Muff in March, and two pipe bomb attacks, one in Manorcunningham in March 2009 and one outside a Letterkenny Headshop in March 2010.

Buncrana based Sinn Fein Councillor Jack Murray has responded saying there was no support within the community for the group and added that they should ‘go away and stay away’.

Cllr Murray said; “I want to respond to media press releases from the self-styled and self appointed vigilante group calling itself ‘Republican Action Against Drugs’ or ‘RAAD’. No one should be under the illusion that there is anything noble or principled or indeed republican about the activities of this group.

Cllr Murray concluded by saying that education and community co-operation was the best way to tackle the drugs problem; “Educating our young people of the dangers of drugs is the best way to stem the spread of drug use.