Minister encourages local drugs group to engage over funding issues

The Health Minister has encouraged the CDA to engage with the local Drugs and Alcohol Taskforce after it said it would have to close next year because of a lack of funding.

The Cavan Drugs and Alcohol Service’s Manager Tim Murphy told Northern Sound News in recent weeks that the organisation’s increasing rent and staffing costs were not being met by an increase in its funding.

He said if there was no change in the situation the service would be forced to wind down.

Responding to a question from local TD Brendan Smith, Health Minister Simon Harris said he’s encouraging the CDA to engage with the North Eastern Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force.

He said it’s clear there are delays in the transfer of funds from the HSE, as well as communication issues between the HSE and Regional Taskforce.

He says the Department of Health is providing €190,000 in extra funding over three years for Young People’s Substance Use Support Services in Cavan and Monaghan.