A playground and the surrounds of City Hall are identified among five drug activity hotspots in Cork city according to a report on the locations of discarded drug paraphernalia.
Up to two incidents of discarded drug items per week have been recorded and dealt with by council workers at City Hall and the nearby fire station grounds in addition to the plaza on the South Mall, St Peter's Park on Grattan Street, Mardyke Skate Park and Grattan Hill playground over the last three months.
Incidents of drug paraphernalia, including discarded needles, have also been recorded more than once per month at White Street and in Upper and Lower John Street.
The figures were requested by city councillor Nicholas O'Keeffe who has received reports of increased drug taking on the Old Blackrock Road and Albert Road in recent weeks.
“The figures are very concerning. Some of the areas have quite frequent incidents. It's a case that people should take extreme caution and it's information that can be fed back into local community forums and to the Gardai so these areas can be monitored,” he said.
“It's worrying. I was quite surprised by some of the locations, particularly around City Hall. It's something that we have to address as there are big public safety concerns for people to come into contact with that. It's something we need to monitor and observe going forward,” he added.
Chief Superintendent Barry McPolin said Acting Superintendent John Quilter have both urged people not to touch drug paraphernalia and to immediately contact Cork City Council or local Garda Station upon its discovery.