Local drug dealers are now brazenly operating beside a special needs school in Clondalkin.

This is according to local Councillor Francis Timmons who has appealed to the Gardai and Minister For Justice to take immediate action.

Last month Scoil Mochua, a school for severely physically disabled children in Clondalkin, moved to introduce increased security for their students and staff following some extremely concerning events.

Cllr Timmons told Dublin Gazette local residents are growing ever more fearful.

“With the great work on clearing St Cuthberts Park of overgrown trees and the addition of CCTV, drug-dealing activity has now moved onto vacant land beside Scoil Mochua and at and around the Cherrywood Crescent entrance of Corkagh Park and the area in general.

“We now have open drug dealing in an area where young children are playing and residents are feeling very intimidated by this unwanted behaviour.

“Young children are witnessing and seeing this drug dealing

“The notable increase in illegal activity in and around Cherrywood Crescent entrance of Corkagh Park is alarming and of huge concern in the area that has many young families.

“I am appealing to the Guards to deal with this issue and for the Minister to ensure they have the adequate resources to deal with ongoing drug issues in the area, doing nothing is not an option the risks are too high to do nothing.’’

In response to enquiry an about the drug dealing activity beside Scoil Mochua a Garda spokesperson told Dublin Gazette:

“Targeting the sale and supply of illegal drugs is a priority for An Garda Síochána.

“Every district in Dublin city has a local drug unit that tackles the sale and distribution of controlled drugs at a local level.

“Many areas of Dublin City have a problem regarding the sale, possession and use of controlled drugs.

“Crack Cocaine does feature prominently in detections as does Diamporphine, Cannabis and prescription type Drugs.

“Gardaí have a number of operations in progress to combat and disrupt the Sale and Supply of controlled drugs in the area.

“These operations cannot be published for operational reasons but we are committed to reducing the levels which can also be construed as a health issue.

“AGS meet local representatives and work closely with DCC and social services to meet regularly and address these issues.

“Gardaí will continue to address this issue with all stakeholders in the area.

“Also, if anyone has any information that could help Gardaí in combating drug dealers please ring the Garda Confidential Line Freephone on 1800 666111 or ring GNDOCB on +353 1 6669900.”