COUNCILLOR Eddie Mulligan has said that a young life was almost lost in full view of passing children in New Street Gardens last week as a consequence of a heroin overdose.
The Fianna Fail General Election candidate said the once idyllic park was now littered with drug paraphernalia and that the quick thinking of kids who were in the area on the evening of June 24 and the actions of Waterford Ambulance Service gave this victim “another chance at life”.
He said that the problems of drug dealing and drug use in public had improved in the last year due to an increase in engagement between members of public and the Gardaí.
“Yes, there are areas that are still plagued with drug use, and yes we absolutely hate to see it going on, sometimes only yards away from where our children play.”
“Communities are now working together and reporting drug dealing and drug use to Gardaí, safe in the knowledge that they will always remain anonymous and will never have to appear in court.”
“This in turn has lead the Gardaí to building intelligence profiles for surveillance operations that have led to seizures on the supply side, such as the recent heroin seizures in Sallypark and The People’s Park area.”
Pointing to increases in manpower being allocated to the Drugs Unit in Waterford, he added: “However, we have to keep the focus and drive the message into the criminal world that the drugs menace will not be tolerated in Waterford by the Communities or Gardaí.”