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What should the new government’s priority be on drugs and/or alcohol?

New Government

The counting of votes in Election 2011 has long been completed and verified, paving the way for the 31st Dail to convene earlier this month. A newly-agreed programme for government has recently been published by the new Fine Gael/Labour coalition. Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny has received his seal of office from President Mary McAleese, and has duly been elected Taoiseach of Ireland. It's all systems go for Ireland's new coalition government.

Drug & Alcohol Responsibility

Of the many obligations entrusted to the incoming coalition, the new government now assumes responsibility for dealing with the issue of drugs and alcohol in Ireland. Inevitably, various challenges and considerations will present along the way. With this in mind, took the opportunity to speak to various people working within the drug and alcohol sector in Ireland, to see what insights they might provide for our incoming government, when prioritising issues relating to drugs and alcohol in Ireland.


For this feature, we posed the following question to various individuals working for drug and alcohol agencies within the community/voluntary sector: What should the new government’s priority be on drugs and/or alcohol? Please watch the following video for more infomation...


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Thank you to the following for appearing:

  1. Aoife Davey, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Drugs Task Force
  2. Daithi Doolan, Co-ordinator, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign
  3. Tony Geoghegan, Merchants Quay Ireland
  4. Aoife Dermody, Progression Routes Initiative
  5. Marcus Keane, Ana Liffey Drug Project
  6. Fiona Ryan, Alcohol Action Ireland
  7. Siobhan Maher, Family Support Network
Posted by Andy on 03/30 at 12:53 PM in
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(2) Comments


#1. Posted by Partnership on March 31, 2011

The Government must really understand that the responce to drugs and alcohol issue is this country does not stop in Dublin ( as all you speakers are Dublin based)it is a National issue which takes in communities in towns and Rural Ireland where the lessons of the Dublin responce needs to be learned!

#2. Posted by Andy on April 01, 2011

The majority of speakers featured are representing organisations with a national remit.





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