PHOTOGRAPHED BY WILLIAM MURPHY

BENBURB STREET
Benburb Street was the location for the first Dublin Corporation housing scheme in the late nineteenth century. When I was young the area local to Benburb Street was a very active red-light area despite the fact that prostitution did not exist in Catholic Ireland. According to a newspaper report in 2004 “Girls as young as 13 have been offered money for sex at the well-known prostitution hotspot of Benburb Street, in Dublin's north inner city”. It was claimed by the reporter that about 80 prostitutes worked in the Benburb Street area, most of whom were Irish junkies who needed money to feed their drug addictions.

I am not sure if the street-walkers are still active but anti-social behaviour, because of addiction, is a major problem in the area so much so that public parks in the area are closed to the public.


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