Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Head Shops 2

Meeting tonight about the Head Shops controversy:
The next move in a community action in opposition to head shops in Donegal Town will be discussed at a meeting tonight.

It comes three weeks after around 150 people met to voice their worries over the availability of herbal highs in the town.

There are currently two head shops in Donegal Town which legally sell the herbal substances, said to mimic the effects of illegal drugs.

A steering committee has been formed since last month’s meeting where debate centred on whether or not public protest would be an option in the campaign.

Tonight’s meeting will get underway at 8pm in Donegal Town’s Abbey Hotel.

The previous meeting was at the start of March.


Mick T. said...

Protest march tomorrow Sat April 3rd:


The final preparations for a demonstration in Donegal Town in opposition to head shops are being made today.

The march is due to get underway on tomorrow (Saturday), gathering at the Donegal Community Hospital at half past two.

The protest comes in the wake of two meetings in Donegal Town in recent weeks, where grave concerns were expressed over the legal selling of herbal highs from two head shops in the town.

Independent Donegal County Councillor Thomas Pringle is urging the people of South Donegal to come out in force tomorrow."

Mick T. said...

The Irish Times coverage of the March:

"Two hundred people marched in protest against a head shop in Donegal town on Easter Saturday, five days after a live bomb was planted at its sister shop in Letterkenny.

Fine Gael TD Dinny McGinley, Fianna Fáil Senator Brian Ó Dómhnaill, Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty and Independent MEP Marian Harkin joined the march, which stopped to deliver a protest letter to the Donegal town shop. It sells so-called “legal highs” that mimic the effects of hash, cocaine and ecstasy.

The 19-year-old manager accepted a letter of protest to pass on to the shop owner but she complained that one allegation that she served under-18s was untrue.

One woman approached her with a banner but was restrained by stewards and quickly rejoined the march.

The manager, who refused to give her name, said: “I wasn’t upset about the march. I knew it would be peaceful,but I do worry about bombs being planted at the door.

“The shop is doing great business. Why don’t these people protest against the pubs and off-licences as well?”

A week ago the Army deemed a device planted at the Letterkenny shop Yutopia to be viable with all the components necessary for it to explode.

A bomb-control officer carried out a controlled explosion.

Earlier last month, €7,000 worth of equipment was stolen from the Donegal town shop, while in Sligo, another shop with the same owner was partly damaged by fire. Speakers at the Saturday parade called for the shop to be shut down, not simply have its “legal highs” outlawed as the Government plans to do in June.

Mr Ó Dómhnaill said the Minister for the Environment John Gormley was planning to introduce changes to the planning laws.

“I will move to close down these shops, ” he said."