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19 February 2004 Edition

The great psychotropic drugs scandal

19 February 2004

BY MICK DERRIG - Republicans have been focused for a long time on the havoc that illegal narcotics can wreak in areas of poverty and deprivation. I consider the real drug problem around cannabis or heroin to be the twin terrors of poverty and criminal prohibition. However, there is a serious drug problem that disproportionately affects working-class people just as much as heroin or crack cocaine, yet we have never lifted a hand or written a letter about this business that destroys thousands of lives on this island every year. Free article

The 5th Column

19 February 2004

An Phoblacht's famous weekly satirical column. Read on... Free article

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Aigneas Fhianna Fáil

19 February 2004

There may be a dispute within Fianna Fáil in the West but it has nothing to do with policy but more to do with careerist personalities, writes AN DRAOI RUA Is iorónta an rud é go bhfuil rí-rá agus rúille búille ar siúl in iarthar na tíre taobh istigh de Fhianna Fáil. Tá clamhairt ar siúl eatarthu maidir le ainmniúchán teachta le seasamh do toghachán na hEorpa. Free article

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