YFG propose social welfare sanctions on families of convicted gang members

€60 million State subsidy of drug trade must be brought to an end

With the Council of State meeting tonight to discuss the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill 2009, Young Fine Gael (YFG) have announced that they will discuss proposals at their Summer School in Bundoran, Co. Donegal this weekend (July 24th-26th) which would disqualify convicted gang members and their immediate families from receiving social welfare payments.

YFG President Barry Walsh has said: "YFG fully supports the provisions of the Criminal Justice Bill, and have urged its implementation at the earliest possible date. In addition to this, YFG members from across the country will debate a proposal from our University of Limerick branch that all social welfare payments and entitlements to council housing be removed from the immediate families of those convicted under its provisions.

An independent estimate has concluded that drug dealers at all levels claim approximately €60 million from the State by virtue of being "unemployed". In addition to this, their immediate families can also claim social welfare and qualify for council housing, while also living off income derived from criminal enterprises.

"This is not mere anecdote - it is fact, and has been verified by numerous independent sources including the Criminal Assets Bureau.

"Criminal gangs and drug dealers are destroying the fabric our urban society, and wreaking murderous havoc on our streets. It is sickening that they and their dependants can also milk our social welfare system with impunity - especially at a time of such economic hardship.

The proposal to strip persons convicted under the new Criminal Justice Bill of all their social welfare entitlements, and exact a similar penalty on their families, would send a clear message to all who are complicit in the drug trade that crime simply does not pay."

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