The announcement of where an injecting centre for Dublin city centre has been delayed again.
The location of the city’s first supervised injecting centre has been subject of fierce debate and a tendering process kicked off nearly five months ago.
Announcements had been expected in November and December, with the HSE initially saying that the pilot project was anticipated to open before the end of 2017.
The centres – which would be medically-supervised buildings in which drug users could inject – have been a part of government drug policy for a number of years.
The 2016 Programme for Government explicitly says that it “will support a health-led rather than criminal justice approach to drugs use including legislating for injection rooms”.
However, the plans met a number of snags such as a delay in legislation and resistance from local businesses.
Source: Paul Hosford, The Journal.ie, 12/01/18