‘Get the dealers out of Roscrea’ - Abbey Hall

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Heroin, ecstacy, and hash being sold openly in the estates of Roscrea knows no class distinction and encompasses all groups.

Heroin, ecstacy, and hash being sold openly in the estates of Roscrea knows no class distinction and encompasses all groups.

That was the message from the residents and parents of Roscrea on Monday night in the Abbey Hall. Dr Pauline De Feu told campaigners that it is at times like this in Roscrea “that there needs to be a response. The response should be medical, legal and educational. The medical response should include more self treatment centres where users could attend for treatment. And be admitted for treated without being drug free. There is not enough counselling available for users, and access there too should be more easily available. The legal response should provide a new juvenile system... to allow for young people to reform and make a new life without the legacy of a conviction in their youth hanging over them for the rest of their lives. The response should also be educational. The dangers of drug use should be fully explained and taught fully in our Primary and Secondary Schools.” In a highly emotionally charged atmosphere, host Derek Russell, mothers, sons, daughters, and grandparents, heard of experiences dealing with family members afflicted by drug abuse. “Are we a vigilante group, or are we here to open up a place in town to deal with this,” asked one man. “Because if we don’t get out some information we are wasting our time here tonight.” The message went out that we shouldn’t be afraid to report known dealers to the guards. “We should march down the Main Street like we did with Dean Maxwell.” One mother said we have had an awful lot of tragedy in Chapel Lane, and “we don’t need any more”.

Full report and more in this week’s Tipperary Star.