Dublin City Council to stop being sole supporter of inner city project

by Rachel Darcy

Dublin City Council is expected to cease being the sole funder for a project aimed at tackling drug use in the inner city.

The council are understood to have told the Targeted Response to Youth project (TRY), that other State agencies are responsible for drug-related services, despite providing the grassroots organisation with finance for a pilot project in 2017.

TRY was piloted in the St Teresa’s Gardens estate in the south inner city, an area which has been part of a council-led regeneration project for the past five years.

The project employs two youth workers for 16 hours a week to try and engage with young drug users.

Last year, money was provided by the council to the youth project to employ the workers, but this money is expected to run out in August.

Karl Ducque and Gary Lawlor, the two youth workers, recently revealed to a conference on drugs in the capital in Rialto that the service has helped to wean ten young people off drugs, out of the 18 individuals they have worked with.

The conference in Rialto was organised by the Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign, which presented research of drug use and drug selling in seven unnamed areas of the city which are recognised as deprived areas.

In response to queries from Dublin Gazette, a Dublin City Council spokesperson said the council “did support this very good project on the basis that our funding could lever necessary monies from other sources and on the basis that it was a once-off contribution”.

They added: “The provision of support for drug-related services would be the responsibility of other state agencies and would not normally be part of Dublin City Council’s core services.

“However, if the project could source at least part of the budget from elsewhere, we may be willing to support it for another period.”

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