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[Oireachtas] 255. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she has completed her review of those local drugs task force projects which had been mainstreamed in her Department. [22141/10]. (26 May 2010)

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National drugs strategy

255. Deputy Róisín Shortall asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills if she has completed her review of those local drugs task force projects which had been mainstreamed in her Department; if so, the outcome of that review and the specific implications for each of the projects.
 
Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Mary Coughlan): The review of mainstreamed projects in local drugs task force areas, funded by my Department, is not as yet finalised. A key aspect of the review is to determine whether my Department is the appropriate location for these projects or whether funding should more appropriately be channelled through another Department or agency. In this regard, officials of the Department have held discussions with officials in the office of the Minister with responsibility for children and youth affairs to determine whether projects which involve a significant element of youth work might be more appropriate to that office. A number of the projects are being considered within the Department in the context of their work being similar to that of other departmental initiatives aimed at preventing early school leaving. My Department will shortly submit for my consideration the outcome of the project reviews.
 
Vol. 710 No. 2
Written Answers – National Drugs Strategy
26 May 2010

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