|Former Cogús POW, Paddy Larkin, New Lodge Resident, Paddy McCloskey and RNU Activist, Sammy Cusick with a large seizure of dangerous drugs handed over to Community Activists to be destroyed in 2011|
Sammy Cusick said; 'Over the past few years, working-class communities across North Belfast have been plagued by Drug Dealers, who prey on the vulnerable. It is well-known that Irish Republicans have used a variety of tactics to limit the damage done but it has only scratched the surface.
|RNU Ard Chomhairle Member, Ciaran Cunningham, Fr. Des Wilson and Sammy Cusick disposing of Heroin and Chrystal meth in 2012|
In recent weeks, the Republican Network For Unity has been contacted by a number of distressed residents in the Oldpark & Ardoyne areas. They have told us of threatening visits to their homes by individuals purporting to be from a republican organisation, wrongly accusing them of being involved in the supply of drugs and demanding money in return for the threats being lifted. Leaving those intimidated under pressure to find large amounts of money, that they clearly do not have! Republicans should under NO circumstances ever demand money in return for threats being rescinded. I will expose anyone who does so!
|RNU Candidate, Sammy Cusick with a number of drug plants outside a North Belfast Primary School in 2013|
RNU have however spoken to a number of Republican Groups, all of whom deny involvement in these attempts to extort money from people. From our findings we can only conclude, that the individuals behind these threats are nothing more than Criminals attempting to exploit the vulnerability and fears of local residents. Anyone using the name of Republicanism for personal gain does a grave disservice to the thousands of Patriots who sacrificed their liberty and lives for a 32 County Democratic Socialist Irish Republic and should hang their heads in shame'.
Sammy Cusick concluded; 'Republicanism is a noble ideology, one in which we desire a better Ireland for all our people. The use of Republicanism to exploit the vulnerable and extort money from our fellow citizens is against everything we stand for. RNU demand an immediate end to the insidious activities of this Criminal Gang'.