Arson suspected in drug treatment centre blaze

by Mark O'Brien
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Gardai are investigating a possible arson attack on the drug treatment centre in Coolmine.
The alleged attack occurred at around 2.30am on Sunday morning (June 4).
The fire damaged the front door and reception area and is another blow to staff who have been told by management that the centre is due to close its doors for good on July 7.
Cllr Tania Doyle told The Gazette that she was “disgusted” by the act of vandalism.
She said: “I was disgusted to see that the ADAPT offices in Coolmine – a facility set up by local people in our community – was subjected to such wanton destruction.
“So many people have come through the doors and been respected, helped and supported at a vulnerable time in their lives.
“ADAPT has achieved so much, what did this vandalism achieve?”
Staff have been told that the centre will be closed until at least Monday, June 12 to allow for repair works.
The staff are anxious to get back to work in order to archive files and close off cases before the centre shuts down.
Gardai confirmed that they are investigating the incident.
A spokesperson for the gardai told The Gazette: “Gardai in Blanchardstown are investigating a fire which occurred on June 4, 2016 at approximately 2:30am at a premises in Coolmine Industrial Estate, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15.
“No arrests have been made, investigation on-going.”
Users of ADAPT are advised to contact the following numbers to avail of services while the centre is closed.
For drug treatment, please contact RIS 087 9792740, for family support, please contact the Drug Task Force 01 8249590 and for needle exchange, please contact Catriona 086 8543770.
Anyone with information in relation to the fire is advised to contact Blanchardstown garda station on 01 6667000.

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