Sinn Féin’s Cllr William Carey has called upon the Minister for Justice to provide additional resources to combat what he described as “open drug dealing” in Corkagh Park.
The councillor said it was “the worst and most brazen level of dealing” he had witnessed since the early 1980s “when open dealing ravaged inner city Dublin”.
Speaking ahead of an area committee meeting, where he put a motion down to discuss the problem which has escalated since the beginning of the year, Cllr Carey said open drug dealing has taken hold “in South Dublin County Council’s premier recreational centre of Corkagh Park”.
“Drug dealers are acting with apparent impunity and with no fear of the consequences,” Cllr Carey said.
“Gardaí are known to have made several arrests, but it appears to have had no affect whatsoever on the trade.
“This is the worst and most brazen level of dealing I have witnessed since the early 1980s when open dealing ravaged inner city Dublin.
“A recent operation by An Garda Síochána drove the dealers off the Grand canal greenway, but they have now moved into the heart of the community in Corkagh Park and are presenting such a problem that the gardaí appear to be struggling to address this now.”
Cllr Carey added: “We need more gardaí on the streets and we need them now. If we don’t address this immediately we will be faced with an even bigger problem as young impressionable teenagers see these dealers operate with apparent impunity.
Cllr Carey said he has written to the Minister for Justice about the problem “and have urged her to provide the necessary resources to tackle this current scourge”.
sundayworld.com that they were aware of concerns of local residents “in respect of anti-social behaviour and criminal activity on the fringes of Corkagh Park”.
“Gardaí are working closely with South Dublin County Council and liaison with local resident groups to address these concerns,” gardaí said in a statement.
“Increased overt and covert patrols are concentrating in the areas identified in an effort to prevent and disrupt this activity. Gardaí at Clondalkin are committed to ensuring the safety of residents and visitors to the valuable local amenity that is Corkagh Park.”
Gardai added: “ Information on activity impacting on public safety enjoyment of the amenity should be reported in confidence to Clondalkin Garda Station at 01 6667600, Garda Confidential Line 1800666111 or through 999/112.”