People travelling by train to Clondalkin to buy crack cocaine and other drugs are being targeted through a Safe Campaign in the area. An outreach service set up at the Fonthill station is being used in an attempt to educate and encourage people to use drugs in a safer way.
Jennifer Clancy, Coordinator of the Clondalkin Drugs and Alcohol Force, says drug users are avoiding the city center because they may owe money there or because of various feuds. She says the 'main concern is to make sure drug users can access help in the area, while also targeting needling exchange, providing crack pipes and moving people on from the station.'
Mayor of South Dublin County Council, Mark Ward, said: 'The hardest part is to get users to engage. But once drug users engage with the services that's when you can see the changes happening. That's when you can see positive changes they can make. That will then benefit them and benefit society as a whole.'
The Safe Campaign has been launched by the Clondalkin Drugs and Alcohol Force, the Gardai and Irish Rail.