Sunday 19 November 2017

Three teenagers arrested after gardaí called to underage disco

Alcohol Action Ireland is encouraging parents to warn teenagers about the dangers posed by excessive alcohol consumption
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Gardai were called after a number of teenagers turned up drunk at an underage Easter disco this week, according to reports.

The Irish Examiner is reporting that the officers were called to St Finbarr's Hurling and Football club in Togher, Cork City on Tuesday night after one youngster set off a fire extinguisher.

The club's PRO Mick Comyns told the newspaper that a number of young people were drunk "but that happens at every youth disco.

He said their policy was that they don't let anyone under the the influence into the event.

Mr Comyns said there were nine security staff working on the night and that they were responsible for vetting youngsters.

“They don’t allow anyone who is drunk in. They contact the parents to come and take them away,” he said.

He said the club operated a “zero tolerance” policy in relation to drinking at underage discos.

A garda spokesman confirmed: "Three juveniles were arrested by Gardaí for public order offences arising from Gardaí attending to a call at Barr’s Lane, Togher ,which is adjacent to a local Hurling & Football Club, where there was a teenage disco was being held. 

"All three juveniles will be processed by way of caution under the Juvenile Diversion Scheme, no further information can be disclosed due to the age of the three persons arrested."

Last month TD Anne Rabbitte said teenagers were resorting to sneaking alcohol into hairbrush handles and injecting it into oranges, TD Anne Rabbitte has said.

The Galway East representative told  "It's a problem for parents and pressure on teenagers, it's a concern out there.

"The 'in thing' at the moment is injecting oranges with alcohol, freezing them and then segmenting them up as you get nearer to the disco.

"The other one is getting a round tube-shaped hairbrush that comes apart and putting vodka or whatever into that.

"I'm talking about 14, 15 or 16 year olds, not 18-year-olds, these are underage discos with the hairbrushes going into the handbags.

"People don't celebrate how we might have celebrated, but it can be like putting on a show of how much alcohol you've had after an exam or after the mocks, it's like a trophy drawer of alcohol, it's shocking," she added. has contacted the club for a comment.

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