I happened to be in the city centre today just strolling around the O'Connell Street/Quays area. I know its been brought up before but the whole area is overrun with junkies. I saw two openly dealing in the lane beside Wynns hotel. I went in to the shop near the corner of OConnell street and was speaking to the asian guy behind the till and he says he is plagued with dealers at his door and junkies robbing from him.
On O'Connell street the place was like a scene from a zombie movie with slack jaws and pinpoint pupils everywhere. The worst sight is the ones pushing small children around in prams while selling drugs. I saw tourists stare in horror at this scene
Surely we can do something to take our city back from Drug addicts and their dealers.
As a Firefighter/Paramedic I see what conditions these people live in and it aint glamourous. I know people will scream about a lack of facilities and amenities etc but there is NO excuse for some of these people as they went in to heroin with their eyes wide open. Its not like the first generation who are all dead now from AIDs or O/Ds.
I know this may be unpopular with some elements but can we
1. Take away the kids of any known addict and only return them if they are proven clean. Full visitation etc but they are not fit to look after a gold fish in the state they are in and we are just creating the next generation of junkies.
2. Have a constant police presence in the City centre area and if a dealer is caught then they get 5 years minumum. Second offence 10 years etc.
I know the problem will move elsewhere but just keep harrasing them until it stops. The usual free drugs for all brigade will show up and state that by legalising it we would stop dealers but then all we would have is a bigger zombie army in our city.