Cullen Lattin and Solohead Community Alert group held their AGM recently in Cullen in partnership with local Gardaí. Specialist speakers from the South Tipperary Substance Misuse Team, Sinead Carey (Drug Education Officer) and Ciara Kelly (Detoxification Nurse) were invited to discuss alcohol and drug misuse in local communities.
There was a strong turnout for the event and local people heard about the dangers of alcohol and drug use amongst young people. Ms. Carey spoke to many of the parents present on the night highlighting the need to make themselves aware of the issues facing young people. Nurse Ciara Kelly spoke about the dangers of mixing substances and the need for older people in the community to be careful about storing old prescription drugs in their homes for safety reasons.
Garda Donal Shine and Garda Ed Nugent also addressed the group. Garda Shine thanked the Cullen Lattin and Solohead Community Alert Group for all their co-operation over the past 18 months with local Gardaí, and said these kinds of groups are highly regarded by the Gardaí. Liam Kelly of Muintir Na Tire also thanked the group and complimented them on all of the positive work they have done and achieved since the group was formed.
Denis O’Brien, Chairperson, read the Chairman’s report and invited proposals and discussion from the floor. He thanked the Gardaí and speakers and all of the local people for attendance and their support and paid particular thanks to Sgt Paul Dennehy, Tipp Town Gardaí for his continued support to the group, to Liam Kelly Muintir Na Tire, to Cullen & Lattin Soccer Club for use of the hall for meetings, to the local schools and teachers, and finally he thanked the Nationalist newspaper for support and coverage to highlight their many events throughout the year.