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Small drug projects ââ,¬Ëowill not survive latest cuts'


Cormac O'Keeffe

Type: News
Region: Republic of Ireland
Northern Ireland

Many hard-pressed drug projects will not survive the latest cuts to funding following the budget, according to community groups. The Department of Healthââ,¬â"¢s Drugs Initiative budget has been cut by 5%, bringing total funding from ââ?s¬31.5m to ââ?s¬29.9m. Joan Byrne of Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign said funding under the initiative has fallen 34% since 2008. "If the 5% cut is implemented, some projects wonââ,¬â"¢t survive, particularly the smaller projects," said Ms Byrne. She said larger projects were also under pressure. "Take a project with a half a million [euro] budget, thatââ,¬â"¢s ââ?s¬25,000 [to be cut], thatââ,¬â"¢s a worker gone, because there is nowhere left to cut." Ms Byrne was attending the lighting of the Christmas Tree on SeÃf¡n MacDermott Street in Dublinââ,¬â"¢s north inner city, commemorating the 300-plus people who have died in the area from drug-related causes. Seanie Lambe, chairman of Inner City Organisations Network, said the tree provided some comfort to victimsââ,¬â"¢ families. "Itââ,¬â"¢s also a catalyst to keep going, to keep battling. Itââ,¬â"¢s heartbreaking to see communities being attacked on all fronts... Thereââ,¬â"¢s a great deal of anger out there. "It seems to me the National Drugs Strategy is being thrown into the bin. Itââ,¬â"¢s certainly not high on the priority list of anyone in Government."



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Cormac O'Keeffe. (2012) Small drug projects ââ,¬Ëowill not survive latest cuts' [Online]. Available from: [Accessed: 21st November 2019].


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