Garda booklet aims to keep Cork teens on right side of the law

Gardaí are set to send out a potent message to 10,000 teenagers in West Cork warning them of the repercussions of breaking the law, but also how to keep out of trouble.

In what has been described as an unprecedented move, the booklet which is aimed at 13-18 year-olds, will be sent to all secondary schools, youth clubs and community organisations in the region.

Titled ‘Gardaí, Youth and the Law’ the publication covers a number of topics including bullying, cyber-bullying, underage drinking, drug-use, theft, knife-crime, public order law and road safety.

The booklet which was launched at a reception in the Celtic Ross Hotel in Rosscarbery, was sponsored by Kinsale Youth Support Services.

Among those present were Judge James McNulty, the presiding district court judge in the region; chief superintendent Tom Hayes and mayor of Co Cork Alan Coleman.

Chief supt Hayes said the primary reason for the publication of the booklet was to create a better understanding of the law among young persons.

He outlined how underage drinking can pose a particular problem, whereby young people may make poor decisions that could lead to situations such as assaults or public order. Such incidents, he said, could create long-term consequences for themselves.

Retired district court judge Michael Pattwell, also present, advised if any person received a conviction, it would have a major impact on their ability to travel. He praised the work being done in West Cork in keeping young people out of trouble.

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