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National strategy documents and reports

Health service performance report August 2015.

Health Service Executive. (2015) Health Service Executive, Dublin .

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Connecting for life. Ireland’s National Strategy to Reduce Suicide 2015-2020.

Department of Health, Health Service Executive, National Office for Suicide Prevention. (2015) Department of Health, Dublin.



A vision for change nine years on: a coalition analysis of progress

Mental Health Reform (June 2015)



IMO Position Paper on Addiction and Dependency

Irish Medical Organisation (June 2015)



Technology, Mental Health and Suicide Prevention in Ireland. A Good Practice Guide

Chambers D. and Murphy F. (2015) ReachOut Ireland.



Cork Local Drug & Alcohol Task Force strategic plan for 2015-2017.

Cork Local Drugs Task Force. (2015) Cork Local Drugs Task Force, Cork .



National Drugs Strategy 2009-2016: progress report to end 2014.

Ireland. Department of Health. (2015) Department of Health, Dublin .



RCPI Policy Group on Alcohol submission on Public Health (Alcohol) Bill 2015.

Royal College of Physicians Policy Group on Alcohol. (2015) Royal College of Physicians, Dublin .



Health services performance assurance report December 2014.

Health Service Executive. (2015) Health Service Executive, Dublin .



Report of the Working Group on Regulating Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies of Major Sporting Events.

Working Group on Regulating Sponsorship by Alcohol Companies of Major Sporting Events. (2014) Department of the Taoiseach, Dublin .



National Office for Suicide Prevention annual report 2013.

National Office for Suicide Prevention. (2014) Health Service Executive, Dublin.



National Registry of Deliberate Self Harm annual report 2013.

Griffin, E., Arensman, E., Corcoran, P., Wall, A., Williamson, E., and Perry, I.J. (2014) National Suicide Research Foundation, Cork.



Inspector of prisons annual report 2013/2014.

Reilly, Judge Michael (2014) Department of Justice and Equality, Dublin



Merchants Quay Ireland Annual Review 2013

Merchants Quay Ireland. (2014).



Report of the Working Group on educational materials for use in SPHE in post-primary schools and centres for education with particular reference to substance use education in the context of SPHE.

Working Group on educational materials for use in SPHE in post-primary schools and centres for education. (2014) Department of Education and Skills, Dublin.

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Treated problem alcohol use in Ireland: figures for 2012 from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System.

Health Research Board (2014) National Health Information Systems, Health Research Board.



National Service Plan 2014.

Health Service Executive. (2013) Health Service Executive, Dublin.



Health in Ireland: key trends 2013.

Ireland. Department of Health. (2013) Department of Health, Dublin.



Ana Liffey Drug Project Annual Report 2012

Ana Liffey Drug Project (2013) Dublin

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Dublin Simon Community annual review 2012.

Dublin Simon Community. (2013) Dublin Simon Community, Dublin.



Coolmine Therapeutic Community annual report 2012. From dependence to independence.

Coolmine Therapeutic Community. (2013) Coolmine Therapeutic Community, Dublin.

In 2012 Coolmine worked with over 1,000 people to support them and their families in overcoming their addiction.



Support manual for dealing with substance use issues in an out of school setting.

The Learning Curve Institute. (2013) National Youth Council of Ireland, Dublin.

This support manual is intended to serve as a practical resource and reference guide for those who are involved in the youth work sector. It advocates for a holistic understanding and approach to the issue of substance use and young people. This manual also advocates that issues relating to substance use and young people should not be viewed solely as a specialist area requiring input from experts, but rather should be viewed as being within the realm of good youth work. This manual provides an overview of substance use in Ireland, theories of substance use, information on youth work and its substance use interventions and prevention. It also provides an overview of recent policy development in Ireland in this regard. It aims to enhance the skills of community youth workers in providing effective substance use education and support that is need-specific. It is anticipated that this manual and the accompanying training will stimulate interagency co-operation, encourage comprehensive service provision, and provide added value in the area of youth work and substance use prevention in line with best practice guidelines.



Irish Medicines Board annual report 2012.

Irish Medicines Board. (2013) Irish Medicines Board, Dublin.

The IMB liaises with other enforcement agencies, both nationally and internationally, to stem the unauthorised flow of illegal medicinal products, medical devices and cosmetic products into and out of the State. During 2012, officers from the IMB, Revenue’s Customs Service and An Garda Síochána carried out a number of joint operations. These included joint activities under Operation Pangea V in September and October.



Merchants Quay Ireland Annual Review 2012

Merchants Quay Ireland. (2012). 



National quality standards for volunteer led youth groups. 

Department of Children and Youth Affairs (2013)

In 2011, the DCYA introduced a set of standards for staff led youth work projects and services: these were called the National Quality Standards Framework (NQSF) for youth work. These standards are helping to ensure the provision and ongoing development of quality youth work opportunities for young people. As a natural progression to the NQSF, the DCYA has now developed a set of National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups, aimed at local youth groups and clubs. These have been developed and refined in consultation with young people, volunteers, youth organisations, the National Youth Work Advisory Committee, the Irish Vocational Education Association and VEC Youth/Liaison Officers. They present an opportunity for youth groups to demonstrate their commitment to best practice and to the delivery of quality programmes and activities, which meet the needs and expectations of their young members. As well as being a benchmark for progress, the National Quality Standards for Volunteer-led Youth Groups provide a fundamental building block on which practice can be developed on an ongoing basis. They are intended as a ‘living document’ that will evolve over time and be reviewed and informed by the process as the national quality standards are implemented in clubs and groups across the country.



National Drugs Strategy 2009 - 2016 Progress Report to End 2012

Department of Health June 2013



Report on Sponsorship of Sports by the Alcohol Drinks Industry 

Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Transport and Communications. (2013)



BYAP Strategic Plan 2013-2015

Houses Ballymun Youth Action Project. (2013)

The role of the community and voluntary sector in developing effective responses to drug and alcohol misuse is now clearly recognised and appreciated1. The Ballymun Youth Action Project has been to the forefront of this response from the outset, through the development of prevention education, community based treatment responses, and research initiatives designed to identify community specific patterns.
This strategic plan provides another tool in the ongoing development of this response. It is drawn up in a context marked by economic challenge and uncertainty, but at the same time in circumstances where there is evidence of greater openness toward interagency work, the integration of services, and a clear emphasis on client focused outcomes.
It is hoped that this document will provide support for the enormous amount of ongoing services provided by the Ballymun Youth Action Project, and at the same time provide clear direction in relation to future developments within our work and the way in which we organise our work.



Health Service Executive Annual Report and Financial Statements 2012

Health Service Executive. (2013)



Healthy Ireland - a framework for improved health and wellbeing 2013 - 2005

Department of Health, March 2013

Healthy Ireland is a collective response to the risks that threaten Ireland’s future health and wellbeing, as well as its economic recovery. It is a new national Framework for action to improve the health and wellbeing of the population of Ireland over the coming generation. 


Ending homelessness – a housing-led approach.

O'Sullivan, Eoin (2012).Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Dublin


1. Introduction
2. A National Homeless Strategy
3. Understanding and Responding to Homelessness
4. The Extent of Homelessness
5. Funding and Delivery of Homeless Services
6. Ending Homelessness - A Housing-Led Approach
7. A ‘Housing Led’ Approach in Ireland



Alcohol: Public Knowledge, Attitudes and Behaviours

Health Research Board, July 2012

The Department of Health asked the Health Research Board (HRB) to ascertain the knowledge, opinions and behaviours of the general public in relation to alcohol consumption and whether they agreed or disagreed with some of the measures proposed in the recently published Report of the Working Group on a National Substance Misuse Strategy (for alcohol).


Report of Strategic Response Group

Strategic Response Group, June 2012

Findings and recommendations from the Strategic Response Group's report on street-level drug services and substance misuse related anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre.


Report of Lord Mayor's Commission on Antisocial Behaviour

Dublin City Council, June 2012

Findings and recommendations from the Lord Mayor's Commission on Antisocial Behaviour.


Report of the National Substance Misuse Strategy Steering Group

Department of Health, February 2012

Steering Group Report on a National Substance Misuse Strategy.


Report on The Misuse of Alcohol and Other Drugs

Houses of the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Health and Children, January 2012

The report makes a number of recommendations to help deal with the misuse of alcohol and drugs in Ireland.


New research into the role and benefits of education in drug rehabilitation

Health Research Board, October 2010.

A report on the 'The role of education in developing recovery capital in recovery from substance addiction’.


Introduction of the Opioid Treatment Protocol

Prof. Michael Farrell, Prof. Joe Barry and Jelena Ivanovic, December 2010

A wide ranging review of the Methadone Treatment Protocol [1998], examining the current regulatory processes and oversight arrangements for opiate dependence treatment in Ireland.  It is the first comprehensive external review following a consultation process with key stakeholders, including the voluntary and community sector.


National Drugs Strategy (interim) 2009-2016

Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 2009

Continuing to tackle the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on the five pillars of supply reduction, prevention, treatment, rehabilitation and research.


Drug Addiction Treatment and Rehabilitation

Comptroller and Auditor General Special Report, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, March 2009

An examination of the publicy-funded treatment and rehabilitation services provided for persons with drug addictions by the Comptroller and Auditor General.


Needle Exchange Provision in Ireland: The Context, Current Levels of Service Provision and Recommendations

A Joint Report by the National Drug Strategy Team and National Advisory Committee on Drugs for the Inter-Departmental Group on Drugs, November 2008



Report of the Implementation Group on Alcohol Misuse

Department of Health and Children, October 2008

The Implementation Group was formed to monitor and report on progress on the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report “Working Together to Reduce the Harms Caused by Alcohol Misuse“. The Report here recalls and briefly explains the recommendations contained in the Working Group Report and provides an update on progress made on each recommendation.


Report of the Government Alcohol Advisory Group

Department of Justice, Equality & Law Reform, March 2008.

In January 2008, the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform announced his intention to bring forward proposals for changes in the law on the public order aspects of the sale and consumption of alcohol with a view to enacting the required legislative changes before the summer recess.


National Drug Strategy 2001 – 2008 Rehabilitation

Report of the Working Group on Drugs Rehabilitation, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, May 2007



Report of the HSE Working Group on Residential Treatment & Rehabilitation (Substance Abuse)

Corrigan, Desmond and O’Gorman, Aileen, May 2007



Calling time on alcohol advertising and sponsorship in Ireland. Supporting a ban on alcohol advertising in Ireland, protecting children and adolescents.

Smyth, Bobby P. and Keenan, Eamon and Flannery, William and Scully, Mike (2008) Irish College of Psychiatrists, Dublin.

Irish people drink much more than their international counterparts in all age groups. The per capita alcohol consumption in the Republic of Ireland has risen by about 40% in the last 15 years. The health related consequences of alcohol use have also increased substantially (Mongan et al, 2007). It is estimated that alcohol is responsible for about 1500 deaths each year in Ireland (Department of Health & Children, 2004). Against this backdrop, the Irish College of Psychiatrists believe that the time has come to dramatically curtail promotion of alcohol products through advertising and sponsorship.



Drug-related deaths and strategies for prevention.

ICGP Working Group. (2006) Irish College of General Practitioners, Dublin.

Recommendations from the ICGP working group



A Vision for Change

Report of the Expert Group on Mental Health Policy, 2006



Keeping Drugs out of Prisons: Drugs Policy and Strategy

Irish Prisons Service, 2006



National Drugs Strategy progress report 2001-2004

Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, 2005



Report of the Working Group on Treatment of Under 18 year olds presenting to treatment services with serious drug problems

Department of Health and Children, 2005



Report on alcohol misuse by young people

Joint Committee on Health and Children, 2004.

The Joint Committee on Health and Children was established in November 2002, and from the outset, had identified alcohol misuse among young people as a priority in its work programme. In July 2003 a sub-committee was set up to examine the evidence and present a report with recommendations. For the purpose of this report, young people were defined as those between the ages of 12 and 25. The report makes 10 key recommendations to be implemented as a matter of top national priority.


Strategic Task Force on Alcohol: second report.

Health Promotion Unit, Department of Health and Children, 2004

The Minister for Health and Children established the Strategic Task Force on Alcohol (STFA) in January 2002, as recommended in the first report of the Commission on Liquor Licensing. The brief of the Strategic Task Force on Alcohol is, inter alia, to recommend specific, evidence based, measures to Government to prevent and reduce alcohol related harm in Ireland.


Report of the Benzodiazepine Committee

Department of Health and Children, August 2002

The Benzodiazepine Committee was established by the Minister for Health in June 2000 in order to examine current prescription practices and use of benzodiazepines in Ireland. The report outlines the facts about benzodiazepine use in Ireland and makes a number of recommendations. This report was published with a companion publication, 'Good Practice Guidelines' to assist clinicians in adopting best practice.


Strategic Task Force on Alcohol: interim report

Strategic Task Force on Alcohol, Department of Health and Children, 2002



South Eastern Health Board regional treatment and rehabilitation working group recommendations

South Eastern Health Board, 2001



National Drug Strategy 2001-2008

Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation, 2001

To significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drugs through a concerted focus on supply reduction, prevention, treatment and research.

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