Sadly Drug Dealers, are getting very Dangerous, and becoming a Major Threat, to Decent People?

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Fr Peter McVerry reveals drug dealers are taking over homes in Dublin with victims left feeling ‘trapped and powerless’

Gangsters threaten and target people as they control homes owned by Dublin City Council to store and sell their dodgy gear.

Fr Peter McVerry

Homeless charity founder Fr Peter McVerry has revealed how drug dealers are taking over properties in the capital with victims left feeling “trapped and powerless.”

Gangsters threaten and target people as they control homes owned by Dublin City Council to store and sell their dodgy gear.

Fr McVerry says that the death of Tony Dempsey last week at a flat in Dublin managed by his charity was the first such case they had come across relating to their services

But he explained that he is aware of other cases in both Ballymun and Tallaght.

Fr McVerry told the Irish Mirror: “They’re usually local authority tenants living on their own who are being threatened.

“If they don’t allow them to use the flats, they’re trashed up, or they assault the person as they go out to the shop.

“It’s not a huge issue but horrific for the person involved who is also utterly powerless to do anything, they don’t feel like they can complain to the police or to the city council because it can take a long time to get somebody rehoused.

“We’re not talking about homeless people now, we’re talking about the elderly or people living on their own living in local authority accommodation.

“I know of it happening in one similar situation in Ballymun. And there was a report in Tallaght about 18 months ago and they highlighted the fact that this wasn’t an isolated problem.

“The case in Ballymun went on for ages.

“And the reality is it’s very difficult to get a transfer in Dublin City Council because they don’t have the extra accommodation. So people feel absolutely trapped and powerless.”

A murder investigation is continuing into the death of 28-year-old Mr Dempsey.

He was beaten to death at a ground floor flat in Kevin Barry House, Coleraine Street in Dublin’s north inner city.

His remains lay there for up to a week before gardai made the discovery following complaints from others in the complex about the smell.

The flat is managed by the Peter McVerry Trust charity who had placed a tenant there some 18 months ago.

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