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Limerick Councillor Makes Emotional Plea To Sort Drug Issue In The City

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02:17 18 Feb 2021


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A Limerick Councillor has made an emotional plea to "sort out" the drug issue in the city.

Sinn Féin's John Costello made the statement this afternoon, after national media focused on St Mary's Park in the city.

Speaking to the Irish Examiner, residents said a "24/7 drugs supermarket" operates in the area.

St Mary's Park is in the northern area of Kings Island in Limerick city, overlooking the Shannon and Abbey Rivers.

After years of neglect, it was included in a 2008 plan to regenerate parts of Limerick City.

However, 13 years on drugs remain a major issue and Cllr Costello says their "patience is wearing thin".

He wants to see a special taskforce to be established to deal with crime.

"All we're ever looking for is more resources pumped into the area."

He says it could "sort out these insidious people who are making life a misery for the good, hardworking people of St Mary's Park".

"We need to get this over the line and get it it sorted."

The Sinn Féin man said people's mental health are "suffering badly"

Chief Superintendent Gerry Roche said that Gardaí will be relentless in stopping the drug trade in Limerick.

TD Maurice Quinlivan is due to raise the matter in the Dail today.


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