Zombies of Dublin: will the Junkies be a priority for the new Mayor?
Adam and Paul, can be multiplied by the hundreds if not the thousands, around the streets of Dublin. Easily available cheap alcohol on prominent display in convenience stores, together with social welfare and returns from petty theft, and an indifferent police force, appear to have combined to ensure Dublin streets are filled with winos or their less aggressive cousin, the stoner.
This is a phenomenon which I have only observed in Irish and British cities – though they must exist elsewhere. The reason for them? Perhaps, our Victorian social class system where ordinary people just walk by, perhaps our national over indulgence of alcohol, or our revolving door prison system? Who knows? Fewer care.
Neither of the approaches from the Left and Right, carrot and stick, state/city led or charity based, appear to have led to any success. Nor has their been any semblance of political leadership on the issue. One gets the distinct impression, that government and drugs, the focus is on middle class school children, getting together respectable stats and the odd high profile drug catch.
But what about the junkies, winoes, drugees and Zombies who loiter around the city? Does anyone care, or is it a case of pay them enough social welfare to keep to themselves? Will the Mayor of Dublin do anything or will they just not be able to?
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