Needle prick incident - South Tipp County Council owns field where incident occurred

A councillor has called on South Tipperary Co. Council to take action to tighten up security and make safe the field where nine-year-old Shane Waters was injured by a discarded needle.

A councillor has called on South Tipperary Co. Council to take action to tighten up security and make safe the field where nine-year-old Shane Waters was injured by a discarded needle.

Fine Gael Cllr Joe Brennan said the field belonged to the Co. Council and he has contacted Council management this week requesting that measures be put in place to prevent people entering the property to abuse drugs and carry out other anti-social behaviour. He also wants the Council to cut the overgrown grass and tidy up the field.

“It’s like a bomb site at the moment. If an area is neglected anywhere it fosters that type of stuff.”

Cllr Brennan, who was contacted by Kelly Anne Waters about her son’s accident, said it was a worry for any parent when a child is injured with one of these syringes and this incident could have very serious long term implications for young Shane.

Kelly Ann Waters has echoed Cllr Brennan’s call to make the field secure to prevent people entering it and to clean it up.

She has also urged the gardai to step up their patrols of the area to deter drug abusers from using the field to shoot up.

She said a lot of children have been playing in this area and she didn’t want any other child to endure what her son Shane was currently going through.