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Monday 5 December 2016

Bathers find used needles on beach in south Dublin

Laura Larkin and Martin Grant

Published 03/06/2016 | 02:30

The number of syringes discovered on beaches in Dublin could be significantly higher, but not all councils keep records (Stock photo)
The number of syringes discovered on beaches in Dublin could be significantly higher, but not all councils keep records (Stock photo)

Major concerns have been raised after the discovery of used syringes on a busy beach in Dublin. The needles were discovered at the picturesque Seapoint beach near Monkstown village in South Dublin.

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A spokeswoman for the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council confirmed to the Irish Independent that one of the beach foremen collected three syringes on Wednesday at 6pm, after being contacted by a beach user.

"The beaches are inspected and cleaned seven days a week," the spokeswoman said. "When such an incident is reported, it is acted upon immediately."

The number of syringes discovered on beaches in Dublin could be significantly higher, but not all councils keep records. A spokesman for Fingal County Council last night said they "would not keep any records of this nature."

Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey Drug Project emphasised the huge risks involved when users are injecting drugs in public.

"Obviously we are concerned," he told the Irish Independent.

"They are at risk of overdosing and increasing the risk of virus. It is disappointing to hear that injecting has reached those parts of Dublin and the beaches. They are at risk of overdose and increasing the risk of virus. When the sun comes out, people enjoy the weather… people are drinking in the public domain, people are using drugs in the public domain…it's something that will needs to be addressed."

Irish Independent

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