Thursday, 11 March 2010
Head Shops: Statements (Resumed)
Frances Fitzgerald (Fine Gael)
I welcome the Minister of State, Deputy Curran, who is a constituency colleague of mine, and I wish him well in the initiatives he is taking in this area. I look forward to hearing what is currently being planned and what is the timeframe relating to the introduction of the various initiatives.
We are continuing a debate which commenced in the House a number of weeks ago. I am sure previous speakers outlined to the Minister of State the concerns of many communities, persons and health professionals about the risks posed to health and welfare by so-called head shops. The seriousness of this issue was brought home to me last week when a those representing a head shop which serves the areas of Lucan and Clondalkin delivered flyers to homes. The flyers to which I refer advertise the home delivery of products on sale at the shop. On the back of the flyer is a menu, which contains the declaration "Not for human consumption".