Pub toilet drug test results ‘frightening’
TRACES of cocaine were found in the toilets of almost every pub in Bray during covert tests carried out in the town between 9 p.m. and 11.30 p.m. last Saturday night.
Only three of the tests, carried out by Sinn Fein with a Bray People journalist present as an independent observer, returned negative results.
Cllr. John Brady said that the results were frightening.
‘20 of the 23 licensed premises tested had traces of cocaine found in their bathrooms,’ he said.
‘This is very, very frightening. It is evident that (more) needs to be done to discourage this activity in public places. Obviously we cannot have a garda standing in every pub toilet but we need to draw attention to the extent of the this problem.’
The test, made by Access Diagnostic Tests UK Ltd, involved running a swab across the surfaces in the bathroom. If the swab turned a blue colour then that indicated the presence of cocaine.
While some of the tests returned only very small traces of blue, in other cases the entire swab changed colour.
The test was carried out by local members of Sinn Féin on Saturday night, with an inde- pendent witness present.
They started at 9 p.m. and one cubicle in either a male or female bathroom was tested.. one restaurant was also tested. That also showed traces of cocaine.
‘I am not trying to give Bray a bad name,’ said Cllr. Brady. ‘Simply (to) confirm that this country has a drugs problem that needs to be tackled.’
He said that he would be requesting a meeting with Garda Superintendent Lernihan to share the results and discuss what can be done to address the problem.
He added that each premises in the study would be contacted.
‘We were very careful doing the tests,’ said Cllr. Brady, who explained that Access Diagnostic sell the kits to law enforcement agencies around the world.
They used a different swab in each pub. The swabs were individually wrapped and the seal was not broken until the testers had put on a new pair of latex gloves. The gloves were disposed of after each test. The used swabs were then bagged and labelled.
In some places white powder was clearly visible on cisterns, window sills and other flat surfaces before the test was carried out.
‘I socialise in the town and I have seen what could be drug activity like this taking place.’ said Jason Doyle, chairman of Bray Sinn Féin.
Jason Doyle, Cllr John Brady and Mervyn Doran of Sinn Fein with the blue ‘positive’ test results. RIGHT: Testing for cocaine in a Bray pub toilet.