The location of the country’s first supervised drug injecting centre was finally confirmed in the middle of last month, after several deadlines for the announcement were missed.
Merchants Quay Ireland, which already offers a range of services for people who are homeless and struggling with addiction issues at its centre on Dublin’s south quays, is expected to host the centre, the HSE confirmed.
The introduction of a pilot supervised injecting centre was one of the commitments in the 2016 Programme for Government, and it was initially anticipated that the facility would open by the end of 2017.
New laws needed to be passed to make the operation of such centres possible in Ireland – that happened last May, and the management and operation of a pilot centre was put out to tender by the HSE in August.
Merchants Quay said in its application that it hoped to have the centre up and running by September of this year, but, after delays to the tendering process, it’s looking unlikely that deadline will be met either.
Meanwhile, concerns have been raised once again in recent weeks over how the new injecting room will be policed.
We spoke to CEO of Merchants Quay Ireland Tony Geoghegan this week to learn more about the plan for the new centre.
Sourse: Daragh Brophy, The Journal.ie, 10/03/18