A long serving councillor was shocked to recently receive a call about someone injecting drugs in broad daylight on the streets of Portlaoise.
Cllr Willie Aird told the monthly meeting of Laois County Council that in his many decades as a public representative, it was the first time he received such a call.
“I was absolutely traumatised,” Cllr Aird said of the details relayed to him.
He added that he will be putting a call into the superintendent to find out how long it took for gardai to remove the person.
“We have to make sure this is stamped out.
“We have to have zero tolerance,” he said.
“Portlaoise is devastated at the moment. I have never seen anything like it,” he added.
The incident had taken place during the day, when children were coming out of school, Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald stated.
The incident was highlighted during a discussion on closed garda stations in the county.
Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald had proposed that the council request the Minister for Justice “not to sell off any of the closed garda stations”.
The council is to send correspondence on the issue.
A number of councillors mentioned that some of these buildings are no longer suitable as garda stations and questioned the maintenance cost of empty buildings over many years.
The issue has been raised as well in other parts of the country.