Would You Visit A Doctor To Discuss Your Helth? - Benburb Street Area Of Dublin
Benburb Street [originally Barrack Street] was the location for the first Dublin Corporation housing scheme in the late nineteenth century. Because of a desire to keep public housing as low cost as possible the Corporation constructed homes in areas with long standing social problems and as they did not address the ongoing anti-social issues problems remain today in many city centre locations. Way back in the 1830’s the area around Royal Barracks [now Collins Barracks] in Dublin had a very bad reputation as was described in local newspapers as follows “scenes of riot, drunkenness and gross indecency” were common place, and that the area was home to many prostitutes but lacking in “persons of decent and moral habits”.
Up until recently the area was a very active area but the prostitutes now appear to have been replaced by drug addicts and the homeless and the current anti-social problems are now so bad that the historic “Croppies Acre” park is now closed to the public.
The Office of Public Works (OPW), which is charged with maintaining the park, said in a public statement that they had been forced to permanently padlock the gates because of public health fears. "Specialist cleaners are employed to remove hazardous material such as used syringes," said an OPW spokeswoman. "However, as resources are not sufficient to keep the park clear of dangerous materials at all times and thus safe for public access, the park has had to be closed to the public." Anti-social behaviour was also threatening public safety, according to the OPW, which said it doesn't have the manpower or money to put security at the site. Drug-users and street drinkers continue to scale the walls of the park, near Heuston Station, which is strewn with dirty hypodermic needles, broken glass, beer cans, wine cartons and old clothes.