Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald described this week’s intervention by the US authorities, in collaboration with the Gardaí, as a hugely “significant step in efforts to put the Kinahan drugs cartel out of business.”
“I want to commend An Garda Síochána for their relentless determination in pursuing the Kinahan gang not just in Ireland, but also working alongside law enforcement agencies across the globe.
“The intervention … is a hugely significant step in efforts to put the Kinahan drugs cartel out of business and behind bars where they belong. There can be no safe haven for their activities anywhere in the world,” she emphasised.
The Opposition Leader added: “Many families and communities across the city of Dublin and beyond will be relieved at today’s development. So many young men have lost their lives in the senseless violence linked to this drug cartel.
“While justice remains to be achieved for a large number of grieving families, there is a sense of relief that real progress is being made against an organisation which has preyed upon their communities for decades.
“The Gardaí will continue to have the country’s full support in their fight against these cartels, and we must ensure they have all the resources they need to do this vital work.”
She was joined in her praise of the action taken by her fellow Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis.
“As a TD for Dublin North West, I know the devastation these criminals have brought to working class communities right across Dublin and beyond. They shamelessly exploit the vulnerability and naivety of youth and pressurise otherwise good people to make life-changing bad choices. They promise glitz and glamour but only deliver death and devastation,” he pointed out.
Green Party Justice spokesperson Patrick Costello TD also welcomed the announcement stating: “Having worked as social worker on the ground in Dublin I have seen first-hand how the Kinahans have destroyed lives and preyed on the most vulnerable in our society.”
“Their cartel operates across the globe and I commend the work the Gardaí have done to arrange this coalition of global law enforcement agencies with sufficient resources to overpower the Kinahans”.
: “There is an untold human cost from the continuation of this insidious narco-business on communities across Ireland and internationally. It is incredibly important now that any business or individual who has facilitated laundering of the Kinihans’ money or reputations gets the message loud and clear that the Kinihans and their associates will be brought to justice,” he claimed.
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