The development of the State’s first supervised injecting centre has been dealt another blow, following a ruling that planning permission would be required to use either a Dublin City Council or a HSE facility for the centre.
Earlier this month Dublin City Council ruled that the properties of two charities, Merchants Quay Ireland and the Ana Liffey Drug Project on Abbey Street, could not be used for the drugs centre unless planning permission was obtained.
However, the council has now determined that one of its own facilities, a homeless shelter on Fitzwilliam Street, and a HSE property on Pearse Street, would also need planning permission for on-site drug taking.
The Health Service Executive last August issued a tender seeking a provider to run a medically supervised centre on a pilot basis for 18 months, under legislation passed by the Dáil earlier this year.
Source:Olivia Kelly, The Irish Times, 26/11/17