Drug addicts in Dublin increasingly targeting vulnerable OAPs to use their properties to shoot up, Cllr says
- 7:00, 15 Nov 2022
DRUG addicts in Dublin are increasingly targeting vulnerable OAPs and their properties to shoot up, it has been claimed.
Locals in Ballyfermot are still reeling after David Ennis, 36, was found dead at a flat in the gated community for senior citizens at around 2.30am on Tuesday.
It is understood that the chief suspect, a woman in her 40s, told first responders that Mr Ennis “fell on a knife” and described his death as an accident.
She was quizzed by gardai but has since been released without charge.
The victim, originally from Ballivor, Co Meath, and his alleged killer were both known to gardai, had issues with drug use, and were understood to have taken advantage of the property of a vulnerable elderly tenant at the Claddagh Court complex.
The elderly tenant had no involvment whatsoever in the stabbing and he is helping gardai build a picture of what happened
Residents in the complex are meeting with Dublin City Council today (Monday) morning to voice their concerns at the situation.
As cops continue to the probe the horror stabbing, we can reveal that more reports of antisocial behaviour in assisted living blocks are flooding in.
Local Dublin City Councillor Hazel De Nortuin said the killing has shined a light on the issue of drug addicts targeting OAPs.
And she blasted local authorities for not acting on the “clear security issues raised by vulnerable tenants”.
She told the Irish Sun: “Elderly residents would ring me saying the situation has gotten out of hand, people using drugs in the building.
“It’s actually horrific.
“Other residents have gotten the courage to say that there are houses next to them displaying severe anti-social behaviour and drug use.
“These houses have already been reported to Dublin City Council, but we are still waiting for a reaction.
“We need to make sure that the security issue (in Claddagh Court) is properly dealt with.”
The Ballyfermot rep said she has also received reports of similar activity from La Touche Court, another community for senior citizens in nearby Bluebell, Dublin 12.
She said: “It all boils down to inaction on vulnerable people’s concerns, and unfortunately for Claddagh Court, it had to escalate to a death before anyone noticed.
“The people of Ballyfermot are demanding a solution, so the council really needs to come up with something.