Pub toi­let drug test re­sults ‘fright­en­ing’

Bray People - - Bray People - Mary FOG­A­RTY

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.

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