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Details of projects against drugs

Following the earlier decision of the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government to cease funding beyond June of five anti-drugs projects in Dublin City and Dublin South, a series of questions was asked about the funding of anti-drugs projects.  This is a complex area, for such funding has been scattered across a number of government departments.


First, the Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government Jan O’Sullivan gave to Eric Byrne (Lab, Dublin SC) and Billy Timmins (FG, Wicklow) details of these five projects in her department (Canal Communities, Bellyfermot Star, Clondalkin, Fettercairn and Killinarden) for 2011 (€210,000) and 2012 (€105,000) and then for 2001 onward (Dail Eireann, Debates, 21st February 2012, 477-479; 22nd February 2012, 790-1).  


Second, the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairi Quinn, gave details to Michael Conaghan (Lab, Dublin SC) of 36 projects transferred from the Department of Tourism, Sport and Recreation to his department in 2001.   In 2010, there was a reduction in funding of 32% compared to the previous year and the Dublin City VEC took the decision to eliminate funding for six projects, reducing their number to 30.  His department then reviewed the remaining 30.  It was found that there was overlap with youth work projects (funded by the Office of the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (OMCYA)) and the School Completion Programme of his own department.  Accordingly, 21 projects transferred to the OMCYA, two ceased operations, two merged with the School Completion Programme now moved to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and five continued to be funded by his department.  The minister then provided a list of the projects over 2001-2012, all but three administered by the City of Dublin Youth Services Board, three by Dun Laoghaire VEC (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd February 2012, 751-6).


Third, the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Frances Fitzgerald gave details to him of the 21 Local Drugs Task Force projects for 2011 and 2012; one Special Project for Youth project (Ballymun) and ten Young People’s Services and Facilities Fund projects, with funding for 2011 and 2012 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 22nd February 2012, 808-810).