Minister asks for clarity on possible closure of Cavan Drugs and Alcohol Service

The Government has been warned that the Cavan Drugs and Alcohol service is facing closure by the end of next year.

Local TD Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin raised the issue in the Dáil where he read a letter from the organisation which was sent to the Department of Health.

It said the CDA has received no increase of funding, despite almost 20 years of delivering supports across the region and will be unable to retain staff because of increasing rent and wage costs.

The group is the only one of its type working in Cavan and Monaghan.

Caoimhghín Ó’Caoláin read from the letter in the Dáil:

The issue was raised with Minister Finian McGrath in the Dáil last night.

He said the service received €212,000 this year from the North East Drugs Taskforce.

But the CDA says there are delays in funding being paid by the HSE and communication issues between it and the Taskforce.

He says the HSE has been asked to report on the issues: