Eilish Meagher of St Audoen’s National School on Cook Street, in Dublin’s inner city, keeps a thick logbook of daily incidents on the street facing her school.
“I started documenting it because people would say to me, 'That’s unbelievable. It can’t be happening.’ But it is," she says.
“This is a nice, quiet street, but it’s turned into a drugs market place. The kids see everything. There’s injecting; public order problems; drug dealing; discarded syringes, bloodied wipes. All this can happen in front of our school and as our students come and go.”
All of St Audoen’s classrooms look out on to Dublin’s historic city walls.
The area also happens to be one of the city’s busiest for drug dealing and injecting – in full view of the school’s 200 primary schoolchildren.
Meagher keeps the logbook in her office and reads at random from the first page that falls open.
Source: Carol O'Brien, The Irish Times, 20th March 2019