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[Oireachtas] 11. Mr. English asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs when the mid-term review of the national drugs strategy will be completed. [16657/05]. (19 May 2005)

URL: http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2005/05/19/00021...

12. Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will report on the findings of the review of the national drugs strategy. [16647/05]

Mr. N. Ahern: I propose to take Questions Nos. 11 and 12 together. The mid-term review of the national drugs strategy was overseen by a steering group, chaired by my Department, and made up of representatives from a number of relevant Departments and agencies, as well as from the community and voluntary sectors. The group was tasked with examining the overall progress made to date in implementing the strategy and with identifying future priorities for the remaining period up to 2008. The relevance of the strategy in tackling the current nature and extent of drug misuse in Ireland, including emerging trends, was also examined. The steering group has completed its deliberations and the Cabinet committee on social inclusion approved its report at its recent meeting. In keeping with the terms of reference of the review, the report looks broadly at progress made to date under the strategy’s 100 actions and identifies a number of areas, across each of the pillars of the strategy that need to be prioritised in the remaining period up to 2008. Amendments to existing actions and new actions in some cases are recommended to give renewed focus and priority to the issues for the remainder of the strategy. The report will be launched on Thursday 2 June in the Government press centre.

Vol. 602 No. 6

Other Questions - National Drugs Strategy

Thursday, 19 May 2005

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