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Disbelief as head shop opens near courthouse

A COUNCILLOR has hit out after a so-called head shop opened in front of a busy courthouse.

Fine Gael councillor Darren Scully is annoyed that people can buy something "to give them a trip" right across from a judiciary building.

The store, which sells bongs and 'legal highs', did not require planning permission and is subject to the same regulations as regular stores.

Happy Daze was set up by Dubliner Anthony Daly in 2009 in South Main Street, Naas, Co Kildare, and has drawn criticism from sections of Naas Town Council.

"You couldn't make it up, it could only happen in Ireland," said councillor Scully.

"The Government has been very slow to react, I heard this morning that it is setting up a committee, itis laughable stuff.

"The law needs to be changed at national level."

Gardai in Naas have said they are monitoring the establishment.

An employee working in the store told the Herald: "Everything we sell is legal, we run a legitimate business."

hnews@herald.ie