A derelict local building on the Ramparts Road has fallen foul of local binge drinkers and drug addicts, and has become a no-go area for the people of Dundalk.
The building has been home to a number of agencies and ventures including FAS, US electronics company Keytronics and Clarkes Shoes; but hasn’t been in use since the film crew that were producing “Good Vibrations” parked there a year and a half ago.
The building that previously acted as a temporary court house while the current courthouse was being repaired has now has been overrun by local substance abusers who have left a trail of broken bottles, cannabis ‘roachs’, the detritus of heroin use, and the stench of urine.
The Dundalk Democrat investigated the scene at the derelict building, which is currently for let, and is caged up to protect it from the vandals. A number of people were gathered around the building already even though it was the middle of the day.
Speaking to the Democrat, Cllr Oliver Morgan said that he had “seen young people playing football and obviously that’s not ideal when people are abusing drugs in other parts of the property.
“Unfortunately with the good weather this type of behaviour tends to increase. It’s one of the downsides of the heatwave.”
Cllr Morgan had made represenations to Dundalk Town Council on the matter but was told as it was a private building, and is not a derelict building.