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Louth County Council will be asked to change it's alcohol and substance by-laws when a motion comes before the next meeting of the county council.
Ardee councillor Jim Tenanty plans to bring a motion that will see the same by-laws apply throughout the county.
At the moment, people can be fined for drinking in public places, but it is only in Ardee that fines can also be issued for substance abuse.
The same law does not apply in the rest of the county.
Cllr Tenanty, who is a member of the council's Drugs and Alcohol Forum, is now calling for uniformity of the by-laws throughout the county.
“We need to have the same by-laws throughout the county” Cllr Tenanty said.
Last year Cllr Jim Tenanty called for stricter alcohol controls in general.
This followed an appeal by the mother of four-year-old Ciaran Treacy who lost his young life in an accident caused by drink-driving.
Cllr Tenanty said that when he started in the pub business there were two off-licences in Ardee and both of them closed at 6pm every evening.
“Now alcohol is available in almost every shop, and at all times after 10.30am,” he said.
“It is so freely available it causes all sorts of problems, not just drink-driving, but also in the home.
“This is leading to an increase in domestic abuse and psychological problems.
“It is becoming a problem for the health service and proving to be an ever increasing drain on dwindling financial resources.
“And problems that exist on housing estates are caused by drink, rather than drugs.
“Unless the sale of alcohol is regulated, the problem will just keep getting worse.”
Cllr Tenanty said those working in the licensed trade liase with taxi drivers and arrange transport for customers.