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To all the Wicklow TD’s

To the Wicklow TD’s

Our viewers would like to know, what is your position on the spread of these Head shops?

What the current situation is with regards the spread of these head shops and what
are the current trading times allowed for such shops?
what are you doing rid our communities of these very
destructive and now life threatening dangers to our children.

For your information I attach a report on some compounds that are been sold to children from these head shops

You will be aware that two children were found dead last week in England after consuming “mephedrone”

Will we have to wait for the death of Irish children before we ban these Drugs?

See posting report at http://thepressnet.com/2010/03/18/selling-death/

Headshops on the move


Liz McManus


Wicklow TD Liz McManus has welcomed the publication of a draft Labour Party Private Members Bill to restrict the spread of Headshops which are causing so much concern around the country.

“Under the terms of our Bill, the Planning and Development (Amendment) Bill, 2010 specific planning permission would be required for a change of use of a premises to open either a head shop or a sex shop”, said Deputy Liz McManus.


“The proprietor of a grocery store, take away or Internet café must apply and obtain planning permission to open for business. However, that same owner or a new owner can then decide to convert the premises into a Headshop or a sex shop overnight without even having to apply to the local authority for planning permission for change of use. In effect there is nothing to stop a person from seeking and securing planning permission to open a sweet shop and then, overnight, turning it into a head shop.


“Because no specific planning permission is required for change of use from one existing retail function to another, members of local communities have no opportunity whatsoever to express any concerns they might have.


“These Headshops are selling products which are not covered by the Misuse of Drugs Act, but which clearly mimic illegal drugs and have damaging physical and psychological effects on those who consume or inject those products.


“Because these shops are not illegal but are unlicensed and unregulated and can sell their products to minors as well as adults there is serious concern in local communities at the failure of the authorities to take action.


“We accept that our Bill is not a total solution to the problem of Headshops. That would require the banning of the dangerous substances that are on sale in these outlets, but we accept that this is a complex and difficult procedure that may take some time.


“Our Bill offers an interim solution that would, if enacted, at a very minimum restrict the further spread of these outlets, concluded Deputy McManus”.

If you have a problem with the spread of these headshops you can contact Liz directely at the following link http://www.labour.ie/lizmcmanus/clinics.html

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