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[Oireachtas] Dail Eireann debate. Written answers 202 & 203 - Local drugs task forces funding [12590/15 & 12591/15]. (25 Mar 2015)

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Local drugs task forces funding [12590/15]

 

202. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health   the amount of State funding allocated to the national drugs strategy since 1997; more precisely, the local drug task force structures in County Dublin, and surrounding counties, with a breakdown by area task force and associated funding per year. [12590/15]

 

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Responsibility for leading and co-ordinating national policy on drug and substance misuse has been reassigned between Government Departments on a number of occasions since 1997. Responsibility for this very important policy area was assumed by my Department on 1 May 2011.   The table below sets out funding allocated for community based drugs projects from the Drugs Initiative to Local Drug and Alcohol Task Forces since 2010. Comparable information for the period prior to 2010 is not immediately available. I will arrange for this information to be collated by my Department and to furnish this to the Deputy as soon as possible.

 

LDATFs

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

Ballyfermot

1,533,826

1,492,413

1,569,489

1,522,404

461,150

255,446

Ballymun

1,243,552

1,209,976

1,180,695

1,145,274

632,817

422,958

Blanchardstown

1,184,200

1,152,227

1,124,343

1,090,613

179,305

179,305

Bray

1,656,849

1,612,114

1,573,101

1,525,908

573,860

573,860

Canal Communities

1,645,413

1,600,987

1,562,243

1,515,376

338,605

338,605

Clondalkin

1,495,408

1,455,032

1,421,577

1,428,930

388,114

388,114

Cork

1,662,621

1,617,730

1,578,581

1,531,224

411,988

411,988

Dublin 12

1,180,005

1,148,145

1,120,360

1,086,749

74,013

70,997

Dublin North East

1,294,199

1,259,256

1,228,782

988,234

422,251

422,251

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown

975,475

949,137

926,167

898,382

94,676

94,676

Finglas Cabra

986,452

959,818

936,590

908,492

263,277

263,277

North Inner City

2,495,777

2,428,391

2,369,624

2,298,535

576,956

494,856

South Inner City

2,276,911

2,215,434

2,161,821

2,096,966

255,720

176,043

Tallaght

1,316,913

1,281,356

1,250,347

1,262,837

452,712

341,438

Total

20,947,601

20,382,016

20,003,720

19,299,924

5,125,444

4,433,814

  The figures for 2014 and 2015 respectively reflect the fact that €13.82m in funding relating to Local Drug and Alcohol Task Force projects transferred from my Department to the HSE on 1 January 2014, with a further €692,000 transferring on 1 January 2015.

 

Local drugs task forces funding [12591/15]

203. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health the number of positions of employment currently funded across all local and regional drug task forces.  [12591/15]

 

Minister for Health (Deputy Leo Varadkar): It is assumed that the Deputy is referring to staff employed to support the day-to-day operation of Local and Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces.   Drug and Alcohol Task Force co-ordinators are, in the main, employed by the Health Service Executive (HSE). However, the HSE also allocates funding to Drug and Alcohol Task Forces for other support workers, including the posts of development worker and administrator.    In the circumstances, I have asked the HSE to collate the information requested and to respond to the Deputy directly. If you have not received a reply from the HSE within 15 working days please contact my Private Office and they will follow up the matter with them.

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