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Cleanup unearths syringes

Wednesday, 5th September, 2018 4:48pm

The discovery of more than 20 syringes found in a flower bed in Cork city was described as alarming by one of the city’s top gardaí.

The 22 syringes were found during a community clean-up of the Middle Glanmire Road recently, the Cork Independent has learned.

The news emerged at a St Luke’s community safety forum this week as locals aired their concerns about drug paraphernalia in the surrounding area and a needle bin in Sydney Park.

Superintendent Mick Comyns, from the Mayfield Garda District, told the Cork Independent: “It was alarming to hear that. It was surprising but we know that there is drug use around the district. It’s matter of us trying to monitor the various areas. Once we police one area it moves on to another area.”

Fine Gael Cllr Joe Kavanagh was part of the team that made the discovery and told the meeting about it while making the point that the issue and prevalence of illegal drugs is city wide.

He told the newspaper: “There were all fairly close together and dumped into the one area. I think they were trying to bury them in the flower bed. It’s impossible to say how long they were there.”

The clean up was part of the local Tidy Towns project where the team dug up all the weeds that were there for a good few years.

He continued: “It was only when we were coming to the end that we were working at this flower bed and another member spotted a needle.”

A local community warden was then called to dispose of the 22 syringes.

Cllr Kavanagh was making the point that drug use was an issue that was effecting the whole city after a discussion arose about the needle bin at Sydney Park. Residents were originally told that the bin would be there only temporary but it’s more than two and half years later and the bin is still there.

“It’s the completely wrong place for a needle bin. It’s like putting a square peg into a round hole,” he said.

Superintendent Mick Comyns said he would arrange a meeting between the residents and the HSE, who placed the bin in the area, to discuss it.

“We can find out what temporary means,” he added.

Superintendent Comyns also hailed these safety forums saying it was good for residents to be able to air their concerns.

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