A residents group from the Castletown Road area this week took measures to rid their community of a vile drugs den that has been plaguing them for months.
Substances abusers had taken a disused shop on the Castletown Road and were using it to shoot to drugs.
Evidence seen by the newspaper show discarded silver foil wrapping and syringes littered around the shop, which had become a makeshift headquarters for a gang of addicts.
Enough was enough for the Republican Network for Unity (RNU) who last Thursday took matters into their own hands and went to secure the site.
They were frustrated with the perceived lack of progress from Dundalk Town Council on the matter and felt direct action was their only option.
The RNU boarded up a shed to the back of the property and closed off the main gate leading into it.
Speaking to the Dundalk Democrat Aidan Larkin, PRO for the RNU told the paper they had not received an adequate response from Dundalk Town Council on the matter.
“This is more of a deterrent than anything else. It makes it more difficult for the people using this site to shoot up to get in.After shooting up they are often not capable of jumping over a fence. It just makes it more difficult for them.
“We also want to send out a message that they are not wanted in this area.
“People in this area are afraid of the lives of the people using this place. Residents have been coming up to us all day wishing us the best and telling us that they are delighted that something is being done about this den. “
Even while the group were boarding up the site, a junkie, clearly high on some substance attempted to gain access to the site.
“He didn’t have a clue what we were doing. He said he had left something in there but we told to him to leave.”
The RDU released a statement on the den and why they have taken action.
“Despite the obvious dangers to the community, especially children, in having a drug den and fly tip easily accessible and despite the widespread media coverage of the issue nothing has been done by the council in the almost three weeks since we highlighted the den.”
“In the absence of any council action RNU activists on behalf of the local community are ensuring that these premises will be secured to prevent members of the local community from coming into contact with the contaminated needles and other paraphernalia. We are fully aware that such a token act is addressing the symptoms of the problem and not the tackling the causes however, we hope by doing so that the local council and other relevant health and social services will deal with this issue and indeed the wider issue of drug abuse in the Dundalk area.”
Republican Network for Unity describe themselves as a revolutionary Irish Republican party, and say on their website have ‘adopted revolutionary Socialism into its world-view’.