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Over 1,000 people show up to anti-drugs meeting in Roscrea

The attendance accounts for 20% of the town.

OVER 1,000 PEOPLE showed up last night to a public meeting on the issue of drug dealing in Roscrea.

The meeting was the second on the issue in a week, with last week’s meeting featuring a mass protest outside the local Garda station.

Locals say that they are concerned at the rising levels of heroin use and dealing in the town.

The meeting heard from parents of drug abusers and families of people who have taken their own lives because of drug abuse.

The attendance accounts for one in every five people in Roscrea and locals told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that they wanted a stronger Garda presence on the streets and more supports for drug rehabilitation. The meeting was told that rising unemployment had exacerbated the problem.

The local Superintendent Bob Noonan encouraged people to get in contact with gardaí if they have any information, but told people not to take the law into their own hands.

Fine Gael TD Noel Coonan was asked to lobby for extra resources for the town. He said that the restarting of Garda recruitment was a “positive sign”.

Read: Hundreds march to garda station in Roscrea over drugs fears

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