RESIDENTS of the Barrack Street and Quay Street are fast approaching a breaking point in what they fear is an unsurmountable battle against drug dealing, anti-social behaviour, vandalism and a generalised social breakdown.
At a specially convened meeting this week residents spoke with no little emotion about their day in, day out struggles in a once thriving area that is now beseiged with crime.
The crisis meeting was held at the Spirit Store on Thursday, where it was chaired by Cllr Jennifer Green, with a handful of other councillors present to hear the pleas of those in attendance.
While the meeting was originally held to address fears that a methadone clinic was being built at the old Labour Exchange, it soon became something bigger and broader.
Over 20 residents spoke in turn about their concerns at what seems like a terminal decline.
One by one they told their stories, and each story echoed the last.
Residents face an epidemic of social disintergration: drug dealing, fighting, public urination, vandalism, drinking in the street, a deluge of litter.
One woman from Hyde spoke about how she had found needles thrown into her back garden, another spoke about how her son awoke to find junkies, sitting the door roof, peering in at him.
Another womanspoke of being woken to fighting nearly every night She had documented the going on, reported it to Gardaí, but to no avail.