Press release - Citywide mobilises for Action Against Cuts campaign

21 Jan 2010

Speaking this morning in Dublin, Daithi Doolan, announced "that CityWide are preparing to launch a major campaign against government cuts to community based drug services."

Speaking ahead of today's meeting with Community drug projects, Drug Rehab CE projects, Department of Education funded Drug Prevention Programmes and Drug Task Force community representatives Doolan explained, "These cuts are financially reckless, they will have long term damaging effects on our communities and will end up costing the state more in the long run. We will be paying for these cuts long into the future.

"Today's meeting is to co-ordinate a response to the government proposed cuts. Particularly the Department of Education's cut of 33% to their drug related projects. These 38 projects are focused on the most at risk young people in this city. We are confident that the minister will get the message loud and clear and will reverse the decision.
If the cuts go ahead as planned they will result in redundancies and closure of front line services. The cuts will only serve to exacerbate social and economic difficulties particularly in areas already hit by the drugs crisis."
For Further information contact Daithi Doolan, Citywide Drugs Crisis Campaign,
Telephone: 01 8365090/087-2077080