Drug paraphernalia left on baby-changing table in Cork public toilet

Drug paraphernalia left on baby-changing table in Cork public toilet
Drug paraphernalia in the public toilets on Grand Parade.

DRUGS paraphernalia has been snapped on a baby-changing table in the public toilets on the Grand Parade.

The image shows several discarded drugs items believed to be used by heroin addicts across the city.

The items were pictured on a metal table that is designed to help mothers change their babies.

City Councillor Ken O’Flynn said: “Imagine going into a toilet with your child and seeing that on the baby changing table. It’s loathsome, to say the least.”

Cllr O’Flynn said he would be “scared out of my mind” to use the toilet.

“A constituent brought this to my attention and it’s very wrong that we are subjecting our cleansing staff as well the public to the danger of dirty needles,” he said.

He has called for special UV black/blue lights to be used in all city public toilets to discourage drug use.

“Putting in the lights doesn’t allow drug users to find veins and forces them out into public areas, and we do have needle exchange programmes in the city,” he added

“I looked for special blue lights to be put into those toilets.”

“It is a small price for the bulbs yet here we are again six months later and you have this paraphernalia on top of a baby changer.

“This is forcing people who have a child with a dirty nappy to change to go into a shop or a restaurant to do it. That’s not acceptable.”

“These are self-cleaning toilets but I’d be scared out of my mind to use one.”

A spokesperson for Cork City Council said that while it is unfortunate that a member of the public encountered the litter in recent days, there is an emergency number inside and outside of the toilet if drug-related paraphernalia is lying around.

She added: "Once the call has been logged, the maintenance contractor can then deploy a cleaner to the toilet to clean up the paraphernalia.

We would encourage any member of the public who observes drug paraphernalia, or any other issue in the toilets, to ring this number and make a report."

She said that an assessment of the wider drug use and anti social behaviour issues within Cork city centre is currently "under preparation", along with a public toilet policy.

She elaborated: "The outcome of this assessment and associated recommendations will then feed through to a new city centre public toilet policy, within which the issue of drug use in the toilets will be addressed.”

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