Thursday, 26 February 2004

Questions (85)

Fergus O'Dowd

Question:

83 Mr. O’Dowd asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform if he will make a statement on the findings of the recent report published by the north inner city drugs task force entitled Drugs, Crime & Community — Monitoring Quality of Life in the North Inner City; and the implications this report has for his Department. [3251/04]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform)

During 2002 my Department funded the Dublin north inner city local drug task force's study, Drugs, Crime & Community in Dublin — Monitoring Quality of Life in the North Inner City, at a cost of €10,800. The report, which was compiled by Mr. Johnny Connolly, was formally launched at a seminar held in Ozanam House, Dublin 1 on 23 June 2003.

The study was concerned with the piloting of a research instrument to aid in ascertaining the quality of life in a specific location in Dublin's north inner city with a focus on the impact of drug related crime and anti-social behaviour. The recommendations contained in the report are currently under consideration by a subgroup of the task force which will formulate proposals for action to relevant Departments, including my own, and other agencies.