Underage drinking on Junior Cert results night: Councillor Dearey wants alcohol to be traceable

A large amount of underage drinking took place on Junior Cert results night, the Dundalk Democrat has learned.

A large amount of underage drinking took place on Junior Cert results night, the Dundalk Democrat has learned.

Pauline, a concerned mother, contacted the paper and told of her “dismay” at the number of young people she had seen carrying alcohol last Wednesday.

“I was looking outside my window when I saw about fifteen teenagers passing along the footpath. They all had alcohol with them,” said Pauline who lives near Tom Bellew Avenue,

“I couldn’t believe it. They were all young looking. They were celebrating their results because they were talking about them.

“There is other ways to celebrate, you don’t have to consume alcohol. I don’t think these kids would have been served in a shop, but they obviously got somebody else to purchase it for them,” Pauline said.

A garda spokesperson told the paper, “If anybody suspects underage drinking then they should contact the gardai immediately.

“On Junior Cert results night, officers confiscated alcohol from those who were underage.”

Meanwhile, Green party Councillor Mark Dearey has called on labels to be attached to alcohol for traceability.

“Alcohol should be labelled in some way, it means that if underage drinking is taking place it gives the gardai a starting point to investigate. I proposed this a number of years ago and I think it needs to be implemented.”