Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (171)

Seán Ó Fearghaíl

Question:

171. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Health if he will make recommendations for funding to be provided in respect of a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56036/12]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

Coolmine Therapeutic Community receives funding from my Department and the HSE to provide a range of services, including a specific residential programme targeting women, many of whom are mothers. Reflecting the Government's ongoing commitment to the National Drugs Strategy, I have recently approved an additional €100,000 in funding to enable the facility to provide a creche service. This will allow mothers to keep their children with them during residential treatment and remove potential barriers for women who wish to access this service.