Expectant mother using heroin

“Absolutely disgraceful” was how Judge Catherine Staines last week described a Portlaoise woman’s decision to continue taking heroin while pregnant.

Emma McCarthy, 102 St Brigid’s Place, was charged with having cannabis at her home on September 10 last year.

The district court heard that McCarthy is due to give birth in May and is still using heroin.

The case was adjourned to May 1 for a probation report.


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