Saturday 29 October 2016

Calls to halt street drug use before centenary


Drugs abusers at Thomas Lane, Dublin
Drugs abusers at Thomas Lane, Dublin

Methods to effectively combat street drug use need to be considered ahead of the 1916 centenary celebrations, city councillors have said.

The call comes after the Herald revealed distressing images of drugusers injecting themselves in broad daylight just off O'Connell Street.

The site of the drug abuse -Thomas Lane - is beside the landmark street which will become the main stage for the 1916 centenary celebrations.

Drugs Minister Aodhan O Riordain, Lord Mayor Criona Ni Dhalaigh and Ana Liffey drugs project - a drugs addiction service - have rowed in behind the demand for the new clinics.


"It's awful that people are forced to use alleyways. It [the legislation] could be done if there is the political will," Ms Ni Dhalaigh said.

Cllr Nial Ring, who had five relatives who fought in the GPO in 1916, said authorities would have to examine if more resources were needed in the area ahead of celebrations.

"We have to focus on showing off the city centre in 2016 to mark the Rising," he said.

However, independent councillor Mannix Flynn said he expects the area to be "cleaned up" ahead of the celebrations and that this would not be a satisfactory outcome.

"Even the initiative for the medically-supervised injection rooms will simply not suffice. What we need is more money to be put into residential facilities to allow people to come out of addiction," he said.

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