AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNA have said that they cannot provide a policing plan for a proposed medically supervised injecting centre in Dublin until planning permission for the centre is granted.
This is despite Dublin City Council requesting that a policing plan be submitted as part of the planning application. The refusal by gardaí could halt the opening of the centre, which has already been significantly delayed.
Addiction charity Merchants Quay Ireland (MQI) – which hopes to operate the centre in Dublin’s inner city – applied to DCC for planning permission last year.
The application was met with fierce local objections and the council came back to MQI in December requesting additional information on how the centre will be operated.
As part of this, DCC requested that MQI develop a “detailed and targeted” policing plan in conjunction with gardaí for the injecting centre as part of the overall operations plan.
Source: Cormac Fitzgerald, The Journal, 4th July 2019