The discarding of syringe needles used by drug abusers in a residential area of Carrick-on-Suir is to be highlighted at the town’s next Joint Policing Committee.
Cllr Sylvia Cooney-Sheehan said she would be raising the issue at the meeting of Gardai, local authority and community representatives later this month after a discarded drug users needle was found in the Ballylynch area of the town last week.
Its finder posted a picture of the needle on the “Things I Miss About Carrick” Facebook site and it attracted a lot of comment online.
Cllr Cooney-Sheehan said the matter was reported to the Gardai in Carrick, who were keeping an eye on the problem.
She urged members of the public who come across such needles dumped in their neighbourhoods not to touch them unless you have gloves on and to report it to the Gardai.
She said the Gardai need the help of the community to tackle this and other anti-social behaviour and drugs related crime.
The Fianna Fail councillor was involved in setting up a Crime Awareness Committee in Carrick-on-Suir last October. It comprises representatives of different residential areas in the town and works with the Gardai to tackle anti-social behaviour and crime.