The HSE has said it may operate Dublin's new drug injection room itself, although it has invited tenders from drug treatment groups.
The location of the new facility will be revealed by 1 November, when a decision will be made on which organisation will run it.
Ana Liffey, which runs a needle exchange facility on Middle Abbey Street, and MQI Ireland, which runs a similar service on Merchants Quay, are understood to have tendered, while the HSE has its own drug treatment centre in Trinity Court off Pearse Street.
In its tender document, the HSE states that is has undertaken its own internal costing to benchmark against tenders from the external service providers.
Source: RTE, 20/10/17