The number of young people on Galway city streets late on Saturday night last under the influence of alcohol or drugs or a combination of both was like a power keg ready to explode, according to the Mayor of Galway, Oranmore based councillor Liam Carroll.
Speaking at this week’s Galway Joint Policing Committee meeting the Mayor indicated that he felt frightened walking through the city centre late at night, in stark contrast to a festival he attended in Milwaukee, USA, recently, where he was representing Galway.
In Milwaukee he said over three days, more than 130,000 visitors came through the gates, most of them of Irish origin, and there was not a single public order offence.
The Mayor told Midwest News today but for the presence of gardai on Galway streets last Saturday night he believes that a number of incidents could have kicked off. He says the problem of excess drinking, particularly among young people in Ireland needs to be addressed.
He is disinclined to believe it has anything to do with our Celtic heritage, as he said the 130,000 people who attended the US festival without a single public order incident, were almost exclusively Irish.
He said, according to his experience, Irish people in Ireland appear to have a different attitude to drink than Irish people abroad.