South Tipperary Co, Council has promised to work with the Gardai to find the best way to deter drug users from trespassing on a field it owns next to the Ballylynch estate in Carrick-on-Suir where a 9 year-old boy was injured by an addict’s needle.
Carrick-on-Suir Town Manager Pat Slattery said Council management would raise the recent incident with senior Gardai at the Carrick-on-Suir’s next Joint Policing Committee meeting to see what is the best course of action to take.
Shane Waters from Ormond Crescent, Ballylynch was playing with friends in the overgrown field bordering his estate on Thursday, July 25 when he fell on a discarded drug user’s needle that pierced his skin at the hip.
He sustained bruising and has undergone hospital blood tests for HIV and Hepatitis. Shane’s worried mother Kelly Ann and Fine Gael Cllr Joe Brennan have appealed to the Co. Council to tighten up security and improve safety at the site.
Mr Slattery said this was the first complaint concerning anti-social behaviour at this field reported to the Council and it had to react to it. The Council hadn’t tidied up the field by cutting the overgrowth up to now because it believed it would deter trespassers from entering the property. The Council feared cutting the overgrowth would only encourage trespassing.
Cllr Joe Brennan said from his discussions with Gardai, he understood they will request the Council to cut the grass so the field’s interior is more visible to patrolling gardai. He had walked the site and found visible signs of anti-social behaviour including empty drink containers, used syringes and condom wrappers.