Saturday 21 September 2019

Injecting centre 'would make life intolerable for school pupils'

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Gordon Deegan

The State's first planned injecting centre for heroin addicts "will only compound an already horrendous and intolerable situation" a nearby primary school has warned.

The board of management and principal of St Audoen's NS, told Dublin City Council that the planned new Merchants Quay Ireland facility "represents an unjustifiable risk to the pupils and staff who attend the school".

Earlier this year, Merchants Quay won a tender from the HSE to develop and operate the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility.

However, the planning application is now facing widespread opposition following 99 objections lodged with Dublin City Council, with St Audoen's NS lodging a 12-page objection.

Merchants Quay has operated a needle exchange programme for heroin addicts at its Riverbank building beside St Audoen's since 2008.

The school states that children attending the school look out of their classroom windows and can see drug users injecting in full view of the public.

It claims if the application is approved, it will cause increased drug use in the area and will create a 'de facto' drugs market place.

A decision on the application is due next month.

Irish Independent

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