Dublin city centre leads nation on drug offences
Figures released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) show that there is a greater concentration of recorded drug offences in Dublin city centre than anywhere else in the State.
The centre of Ireland’s capital accounts for four times the rate of recorded offences in problem areas outside Dublin, the Irish Independent reports.
The revelation will reinforce worries that the centre of Dublin is blighted by drug and substance abuse.
The Store Street sub-district accounted for 994 drug offences per 100,000 people while the Pearse Street sub-district accounted for 756 drug offences per 100,000 people.
The third worst sub-district in Ireland for drug offences was Ballingarry North in north Tipperrary, where the statistics are skewed by its tiny population of around 700 people.
The fourth worst sub-district, Bray, accounted for 240 drug offences per 100,000 people – around a quarter of the rate in Store Street.
Garristown and Skerries were the only areas of Dublin where no drug offences were recorded in the first six months of the year.