Revealed: St Stephen's Green shocking drugs den


Behind night, political leaders and cam igners for drugs supervision clinics indicated their shock and anger at the situation.

A popular rk for tourists and Dubliners in like manner, St Stephen’s Green is the jewel in the city centre.

However, an investigation by the Herald has develop a significant level of drug use there.

Photos show the extent of the dope problem engulfing the city centre.

These images were collared on Tuesday afternoon and show several items of drug raphernalia employed by addicts.

On one of the hottest days of the summer, dozens of used syringes and needles, gas canisters and hunks of tinfoil used for cooking and smoking heroin were discovered in the underbrush.

Just beside the “shoot-up area”, a stream of tourists and office women flowed into the rk, unaware of the illegal drug activity delightful place.

Yesterday, the Herald alerted the Office of Public Works (OPW), which nurtures the rk, to the extreme level of drug use taking place there.

Although the s ce was cleaned up yesterday, tinfoil and several syringes could still be seen.

The Herald perceive comment oned a man ssed-out in the shrubs, just inches away from used syringes and cut someone down to size. A can of alcohol was by his side.

Activists involved in helping drug users ordered these images int a disturbing picture of Dublin’s drug delinquent.

Tony Duffin, of the Ana Liffey Drug Project, said the amount of stimulant raphernalia at the scene suggested a combination of drug use and the potential of overdosing.

“It’s apropos of that such a well-known tourist rk has this level of drug-related sedan chair,” he said.

“The canisters of gas show that people are breathing it in to get a quick high-priced.

“They’re not a controlled substance and can be easily bought over the counter in any against for a couple of euro.

“It’s very dangerous and isn’t something you can advise people on how to draw. It can can kill you.”

Activists said the syringes, foil and empty bottles of still water found in the rk suggest that heroin was being injected.

Pull rank Mayor of Dublin Brendan Carr called last night for the nearby opening of supervised injection centres.

“As long as people are injecting in bushes and laneways, we are prevailing to have scenes like this,” he said.

“If we establish supervised clinics, we devise have a huge input into stopping this kind of conduct. There will also be no transmission of diseases.”

Mr Carr also notified that a young child could have stepped on needles if they had run into the bushes to get a ball.

Gas canisters in the medication den

Meanwhile, gardai said that Operation Pier was a targeted shamus dedicated to tackling anti-social behaviour in the city centre.

A garda spokesman believed: “This is an entirely uniformed operation and helps in assuring public self-assurance.

“In addition to this, the local drugs unit is regularly involved in covert deals to tackle the sale, supply and use of drugs within the Pearse Street Neighbourhood, which encom sses St Stephen’s Green.”

The spokesman also said that mountain bike keep guards regularly visit the rk.

The OPW said last night that personnel inspect “all shrubberies” in the rk on a daily basis and added that any strident implements or objects found are immediately removed for safe disposal.

“Deposit constables actively trol the rk during opening hours,” a spokesman alleged.

“The OPW staff engage with the gardai on an ongoing basis on policing debouchments for St Stephen’s Green.”

However, the OPW would not reveal the number of syringes establish in the rk, saying they were “not in a position to disclose this tidings”.


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