Fears mount over ‘drug pushers’ on Coalisland school route

Minister Michelle O'Neill
Minister Michelle O'Neill

Coalisland Councillor Joe Roe O’Neill has expressed serious concern after hearing a report of a drug pusher trying to sell drugs to young boys on their way to school.

Mr O’Neill said no-one should be afraid to ‘name and expose’ the so-called dealers.

Cllr O’Neill said: “I absolutely condemn drug dealers, and we all have a responsibility to ensure that they are exposed and dealt with properly by the police.

“Myself and Michelle O’Neill have raised the issue the PSNI and will continue to engage with them on tackling and driving out drug dealers. No-one should be afraid to name and expose drug dealers.”

Minister Michelle O’Neill told the TIMES that the issue is not just isolated to the Coalisland area and needs to be dealt with.

She said: “It is a problem that any community is going to have to deal with, you are always going to have an issue. For me we need to look at two sides of it.

“We need to look at why young people are turning to drugs and I suppose it is like supply and demand, we also need to look at the other side of it, the enforcement side of it.

“We need to hold the PSNI to account about what they are doing. It is something that is everybody’s business to do.

“This is something that is so important, and we all need to work together to drive out a problem like this.

“We are not any different than any other area or any other town, but we all have a responsibilty to work together.

“We need to have proper services on the ground, so if that is around drug awareness and if you even look at our communities the GAA or whatever sport you are involved with, boxing all those things, we all have a role to play in making people aware of the dangers of drugs, and other susbstances

“If everyone works together then we stand a better chance of being able to keep away the negative things.”