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Monday 18 December 2017

'We're afraid for our children'

Local parents, Pearl Ryan and Sandra McDonagh pictured outside St Audeon's Park
Local parents, Pearl Ryan and Sandra McDonagh pictured outside St Audeon's Park

PARENTS of children in a Dublin primary school have expressed their outrage at junkies shooting up in a park across the road.

They spoke of their fears that pupils at St Audeon's National School were "unsafe" as addicts openly use heroin and engage in sex acts, just metres from the Cook Street school.

The ongoing activity of groups shooting up heroin in the park has led to teachers having to close the blinds in the school.

One parent and homework club worker in the school, Sandra McDonagh (right), said "the kids are seeing everything that's going on".

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"You can see people going to the toilet in the park and everything," Ms Mc Donagh said. "They actually sometimes are completely having flat out sex. They [the kids] would know a lot of them [drug users] because they are from the area and that's just life the way it is here."

Parent Pearl Ryan (right), said that she recently had to "drag a junkie" out of her house as she was being robbed.

"She was in there out of her tree and I had to drag her out of the house away from my daughter," Ms Ryan said.

The area, which is located around the corner from Christchurch, is regularly visited by bus loads of tourists.

Tasha Metcalfe and Chad Pritchard from Wales were near the park yesterday. They hadn't seen anything but "wouldn't want to stay here knowing that [heroin users are active] now".

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