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Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 14 December 2021

Tuesday, 14 December 2021

Questions (822)

Francis Noel Duffy

Question:

822. Deputy Francis Noel Duffy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the details of responses from her Department to the issues faced by areas of Tallaght, Dublin 24 that have been adversely impacted by the growth in crack cocaine usage; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [61857/21]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

I have been made aware of the issue raised by the Deputy.

There is unfortunately a growing trend in the community of an increased drug culture among those most marginalised that has seen many young people become involved in drug use, drug dealing and negative life choices.

While recognising that a multi-faceted approach is required to address these issues, my Department is playing its part by providing funding for a Detached Street Worker in the area in question that will engage the most at risk, marginalised young people, aged between 10-24yrs, on the streets rather than in a conventional youth work setting.

The Detached Street Worker will connect with the most vulnerable young people and support them to engage with the most relevant local services to address their needs.

My Department also provides €2.45m under SICAP to the South Dublin County Partnership Company, via South Dublin LCDC. This funds staff in the company to deliver supports to people in the area who are most in need.

My officials continue to work with other departments and with South Dublin County Council and South Dublin County Partnership to build a collaborative relationship with relevant agencies and Departments with aim of securing additional resources to further enhance the supports currently provided.

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