Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (335, 336)

Gerry Adams

Question:

335. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the manner in which the national drugs strategy will be implemented across the State and in County Louth; and the agencies involved in same. [44952/19]

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Gerry Adams

Question:

336. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of funding allocated to implementing the national drugs strategy in County Louth. [44953/19]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 335 and 336 together.

Government policy in relation to drug and alcohol misuse is set out in Ireland’s National Drug Strategy, ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery’, a health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025. This represents a whole-of-Government response to the problem of drug and alcohol use in Ireland.

My Department and associated agencies continue to work closely with statutory, community and voluntary partners in tackling the problem of drug misuse under the drug policy framework established under the Strategy. However my Department does not allocate funding for specific actions in the strategy on a county basis.

As the Deputy will appreciate, Minister for Health Simon Harris TD and Minister of State with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne TD have primary responsibility in relation to the strategy and that Department provides most of the funding to local and regional drugs task forces nationwide.

I am consulting with that Department on this matter further and I will write to the Deputy directly when the relevant information is available.