Thousands Of Dealers Protest Drug Decriminalisation Over Job Fears
AROUND 20,000 street and wholesale drug dealers took to the streets of Dublin today to protest the Government’s proposal to decriminalise illegal narcotics.
The peaceful, but vocal protest began in the capital’s main drug hub, Temple Bar, before making their way to Leinster House in their hoards.
Speaking to WWN earlier, West Dublin wholesaler Mark Dolan aka ‘The Budgie’, said he was devastated at the news, claiming thousands of people will be left unemployed if the motion is passed through the Dáil.
“We have over 100 people working for us at the moment, from ordinary level street dealers to hit men,” Dolan said. “Decriminalising our products will have a devastating effect on our industry and will force many of us out of work. I’ve eight kids to support, three houses to maintain and a fleet of high end sports cars to run. What am I supposed to do, go to work in bleedin’ McDonalds?”
Earlier in the week, Drugs Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin told a lecture at the London School of Economics on Monday that drug users will be able to inject in specially designated rooms in Dublin from next year, and has backed the decriminalisation of possession of small amounts of drugs.