Drug-dealers in Dundalk are going to houses and demanding payments from parents as more and more teenagers get involved with illegal drugs.
Sinn Fein Dundalk Town Councillor Kevin Meenan has said the drug dealers are getting younger and so are their victims.
In a recent incident at Muirhevnamor, people as young as 15 threatened to smash up a house if money allegedly owed was not paid to them.
“The age-group involved in drug-taking has gone from 18 plus to under-age and this is making life unbearable for parents,” Cllr Keenan said.
“These young people do not have a source of income and the debts are falling back on the parents.
“The parents are now trying to cope with all of this at a time when it is difficult for everyone to pay ordinary debts.
“The money that is needed to pay for fuel and food items is now being siphoned off to meet the demands of dealers.
“It’s going this way more and more.”
Cllr Meenan raised the issue at a meeting of Dundalk Town Council.
He asked that CCTV cameras be used to full potential on council estates and other property to curb the menace of open drug-dealing.
Cllr Mark Dearey also raised the issue.
Cllr Dearey said he was getting more and more reports about local authority houses being used for drug dealing.
“People feel helpless,” he said. “We need as a council to help in every way we can.
“It’s really frightening what is happening in broad daylight.”
Senior executive Dave Storey said the full rigour of the law will be applied in the case of any illegal activity of this kind on council property.