Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has told the Dáil that every town in the country will have its own drugs feud within the next five years.
Recent attacks and murders in several parts of the country are worrying signs of a drug and gang culture spiralling out of control, however the Taoiseach attempted to put a positive spin on the news and said it disproves the myth that Fine Gael are focused solely on Dublin, adding that the rest of the country will not be left behind by this government.
“This is a government of inclusion and equal opportunities. Gone are the days when people down the country would look at Dublin with envy and say ‘Why can’t we have some of that?’ Well, here you go. Have some of that! And don’t say we didn’t do anything for you.”
Recent statistics show that all crime has risen dramatically nationwide under the current government including weapons offences, assaults, robberies, burglaries, kidnapping, extortion and attempted murder.
However there are at least some encouraging signs that the government is serious about tackling crime as successful prosecutions for not having a TV licence are up by 900%.