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Mum had €1k stash of 'speed' at party

A HAIRDRESSER was found with more than €1,000 worth of "speed" in her house when gardai raided it after a party, a court heard.

Niamh O'Neill (27), a mother-of-two, was convicted of possession of drugs and fined €350 after she admitted responsibility for the amphetamine.

Dublin District Court heard she had never been in trouble before and was no longer involved in drugs.

O'Neill admitted possession of the drug at her home at Castlegrange Drive, Clondalkin.

Garda Ciaran O'Neill told the court her house was searched on foot of a warrant and the suspected amphetamine found.

On analysis, this was found to be worth €1,130.

Attention

She came to Clondalkin Garda Station by appointment the following day and made admissions. She had not come to the attention of gardai since.

The court heard the defendant was a qualified hairdresser but had not been working since the birth of her first child, who was three years old. She was on social welfare but intended to return to work.

"She apologises to the court -- this is very much a first for Ms O'Neill," her lawyer said. The court heard there was a party at her home and she "regrettably went along with" the offence.

The defendant was no longer in contact with the person who supplied the drugs to her.

"In her interest and the interest of her children, she will never step into these waters again," her lawyer added, asking the judge to treat O'Neill as leniently as possible.

Judge Catherine Murphy told the defendant she had come "very close indeed" to being jailed for up to a year.

Culture

"Your involvement in the drugs culture would almost certainly lead to (your children's) involvement," the judge said.

"That is something no mother would want for her children. I would warn you, you are treading in very, very dangerous waters."

aphelan@herald.ie