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Councillor Debbie Coyle to request detail behind figures of underage drinking in Enniskillen

Published: 6 January, 2017

Sinn Féin Enniskillen Councillor, Debbie Coyle, has expressed concern over figures released by the PSNI highlighting underage drinking in the Enniskillen area.

Councillor Coyle said:

"Records were released by the PSNI to the Irish News in the past week regarding confiscation of alcohol from youngsters as young as 10 years old.

"On a list highlighting underage drinking hotpots across the north, Enniskillen ranked 21st, which is very concerning.

"I will be raising this issue at the next PCSP meeting and intend to find out more facts around these figures. For example, whether these drinks were taken from young people who were drinking on the street, what the actual breakdown of ages is as there is quite a difference between a 10 year old and a 17 year old, what agencies were contacted after drinks were confiscated and what support was provided to the young person and their family afterwards.

"Without doubt, these figures reveal a serious social issue which statutory agencies must take seriously and work with communities to address.

"I firmly believe that we need youth workers to be out on the ground where young people are. Many young people are not coming in to our youth services as they feel that it is not for them.

"At a recent meeting that I attended in Enniskillen, it was suggested that there was not a big enough issue with alcohol and drugs to look at this type of youth work.

"This report shows that there may be a need and that this should be an addition to the fantastic services we already have in Enniskillen." - Ends/Críoch