Elderly woman witnesses 'intimidating' scenes of heroin addict injecting groin
Published 19/08/2014 | 15:08
An elderly woman was subjected to ‘intimidating’ scenes when a half-naked heroin addict attempted to inject his groin on a public street in Dublin city centre.
Dublin native Mary, who is now based in Dundalk, brought her 80-year-old mother and her daughter, aged in her twenties, to the capital for a weekend.
The trio, who had spent the evening at a show in the Gaiety Theatre, were on the two-minute walk towards Harcourt Street when they witnessed the shocking scene.
“First we saw two people, a man and a woman, in sleeping bags shouting and screaming. Then a little bit further on there was a guy singing, a song about how s**t Dublin is,” Mary told RTE’s Liveline this afternoon.
“Myself and my daughter laughed because we thought who’s making this story true?
“And then we saw this man standing under a light, it looked like he was injecting his penis, but it must have been his groin. Not only were we shocked, but we did feel intimidated,” she continued.
“I was with an 80-year-old woman, my mother, and my daughter in her twenties,” she continued.
“Aside from that, the place was jam-packed with foreign people and I just thought, what do people think about this city.
“I have four grandchildren and I would never bring them out at night in Dublin after seeing that. It was disgusting and it was scary.”
Another man, John, who is based in the city centre, recalled how he witnessed three men and a woman injecting themselves with heroin yesterday morning.
John was walking between Francis Street and Meath Street in The Coombe area of the city when he saw the group of four standing together with their ‘trousers down around their ankles’.
“There were three fellas and a girl, all with their trousers down around their ankles,” he said.
“I have worked in Merchants Quay with drug addicts so I knew what they were doing, one guy was slapping the top of his thigh trying to get a vein.
“It was quarter to 11 yesterday morning in the open air, where a lot of children live,” he continued.
“It didn’t shock me, it just disgusted me. There was an old-ish woman coming towards me, she wouldn’t have known what was going on.
“It looked like some sort of orgy, but it wasn’t. They had their syringes and they were obviously just after ‘scoring’ and they were injecting themselves.”
The stories come as Gardai announce today that they have arrested 30 suspects and seized quantities of drugs and cash following a six month covert operation against street dealers in Dublin’s north inner city.
More than 100 officers took part in a series of searches of suspects’ homes across the north central division today.
Operation Tempest was set up after gardai interviewed 8,000 residents in the area to identify what locals regarded as the main policing issues.
With help from the Garda national drugs unit, community policing officers planned the blitz on suspects after the covert operation identified dealers involved in the sale and supply of drugs.
During today’s searches gardai seized small quantities of heroin, cocaine, cannabis, several hauls of cash and drug linked equipment.