‘STOP POISONING OUR KIDS’

Residents from Rathcoole join together in a protest against the ongoing drug issue in the estate. Joining the Residents is Phil Hamilton, Mayor Billy Webb, Councillors John Scott, Billy DeCourcy and Thomas Hogg along with Rev Alan Millar and Paul Hamill   INNT 22-430-RM
Residents from Rathcoole join together in a protest against the ongoing drug issue in the estate. Joining the Residents is Phil Hamilton, Mayor Billy Webb, Councillors John Scott, Billy DeCourcy and Thomas Hogg along with Rev Alan Millar and Paul Hamill INNT 22-430-RM

POLITICAL and community representatives stood shoulder to shoulder with local residents in Ballyduff and Rathcoole last week in a public call for people to report drug dealers to the police.

Protesters carrying placards gathered at Ballyduff shops on May 23 and at The Diamond in Rathcoole two days later to voice their opposition against drug dealers who prey on young people in the estates.

Councillors, community representatives and church leaders stood alongside concerned parents holding signs carrying anti-drugs slogans such as ‘Stop poisoning our kids’ and ‘Drug dealers not welcome in our community’.

The public demonstrations were organised by local community worker Phil Hamilton after he was contacted by residents who had heard about the successful anti-drugs protest in Monkstown in April.

“The people in Ballyduff and Rathcoole have given a loud and clear message that drug dealers are not welcome within their communities,” he told the Times.

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