Petition demands closure of clinic

by Gazette Reporter

A renewed postcard campaign petitioning the closure of Patrick Street Clinic in Dun Laoghaire was launched this week by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Ratepayers’ Association (DLRPA).
The group is disseminating its petition to local businesses, with a postcard of a syringe at Dun Laoghaire Baths and the caption: “Mum, look what I caught!”
Last November, DLRPA sought to have the clinic closed by distributing another postcard depicting a zombie with The Walking Dead captioned on it.
The HSE responded at the time by saying the clinic decreased “anti-social behaviour associated with illicit drug use” locally.
Association chairman Peter Kerrigan told The Gazette that Dun Laoghaire Baths was strewn with “syringes and mixing spoons, handed out with methadone [at Patrick Street Clinic]”.
He added that the group had written to the Department of the Environment “about the hazardous medical waste … and received no reply”– a claim denied by the department.
Of the new postcard campaign, Kerrigan said: “The Minister for Health has received several of the new cards already.”
Cllr Patricia Stewart (FG) urged the association to use Dun Laoghaire Local Policing Forum to deal with any issues, while Cllr Karl Gill (PBP) said: “This is nothing more than another cynical move by the group … to use people’s legitimate anger at the under-development of the baths to fit their ill-conceived agenda.”
A council spokesperson said: “Works were carried out to ensure the site and building were secured following a report of trespassers in 2014. Regular inspections have not indicated any further incursions.”
The HSE had not responded to a request for comment by the time of going to press.

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