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Hargey welcomes court injunction on "legal highs" trading

13 November, 2014

Sinn Féin Councillor for Botanic Deirdre Hargey has welcomed today's court ruling which has placed an injunction on a city centre trader regarding the 

sale of so called "legal highs".

Speaking after leaving the court, Councillor Hargey said:

"I very much welcome this landmark court ruling.

"The use of so called "legal highs" has caused much devastation in the lives of a lot of families in local communities.

"The fact that they were being sold despite repeated health warnings displayed a complete disregard for the effect that these substances have had on young people in particular.

"A lot of parents have approached Sinn Féin to raise their concerns about this particular outlet. Traders in the area, who I have also met with, had also raised repeated concerns.

"A few weeks ago along with Cllr Ciaran Beattie and Martina Anderson MEP I met with the Attorney General John Larkin to explore the legal options for bringing the north in line with legislation in the 26 counties which puts the onus on the trader to prove that these substances are safe. Sinn Féin will continue to pursue that avenue.

"So this injunction, albeit temporary, is very much welcome as a further step in curtailing the sale and use of these dangerous substances."

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