'We might as well not have any laws about drinking in public and taking drugs': Former Lord Mayor blasts open drug taking in city

'We might as well not have any laws about drinking in public and taking drugs': Former Lord Mayor blasts open drug taking in city
A discarded spoon that formed part of a heroin kit left in a phone box on Oliver Plunkett Street recently. Pic: Billy MacGill

A FORMER Lord Mayor has said Cork is so rough, he can walk down Oliver Plunkett Street any hour of the day and find someone within 10 minutes dealing or doing drugs.

Councillor Des Cahill made his comments in response to the spike in assaults and rise in anti-social behaviour the city is seeing.

Recently released figures for January to September 2019 showed a 16% increase in assault causing harm in Cork city and a 19% increase in minor assaults, compared to 2018. Assaults causing harm rose 23 incidents from 147 to 170 and minor assaults rose to 682.

The Fine Gael Councillor said he worries about his children when they are coming home from school or in town meeting friends.

“I find town rough, you are continually hassled going through the street,” he said. “You are continually wary of the open drinking and open drug taking, that is the worst thing Cork is experiencing.

“We might as well not have any laws about drinking in public and taking drugs because they are not adhered to at any hour of the day and that is the biggest problem in the city.

“I guarantee you, I challenge anyone if you want me to walk down Oliver Plunkett Street, probably at any hour of the day, I will find someone within 10 minutes dealing or doing drugs.”

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