Friday 19 December 2014

Hundreds of tablets found in children's play area

Councillor raises concerns over shock discovery

Published 07/08/2014 | 14:50

Hundreds of pills were discovered around a children’s playground in an apartment complex in Dublin
Mannix Flynn. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Hundreds of pills were discovered dumped in and around a children’s playground in an apartment complex in Dublin.

A shocked resident in Mercer Street flats, off St Stephen’s Green in Dublin, collected about 300 white tablets strewn from the main gate of the complex to the communal area.

Councillor Mannix Flynn took the pills to a pharmacist, who confirmed they were a strong brand a paracetamol not usually available in Ireland.

“People say these are minor incidents, but that’s not the case,” he said.

“If you leave a child in a playground and that child says they’ve taken a tablet, the panic and alarm and the hours in hospital waiting for tests are devastating for a family.”

Cllr Flynn,  a member of Dublin City Joint Policing Committee, called on Dublin City Council to investigate the shock finding.

He said he gets hundreds of calls a week about crime and anti-social behaviour from residents in his Pembroke - South Dock constituency.

“Hundreds of these tablets were strewn across all over the play ground area,” he said.

“It’s alarming. There are lots of children playing around the place.

“What’s next? Needles and other drug paraphernalia. It’s a constant thing out there. It’s not a rare occasion.”

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