Dáil Éireann - Volume 588 - 29 June, 2004

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

  407. Mr. O’Connor asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he has studied the report, Heroin — The Mental Roof Over Your Head, commissioned by Tallaght homeless advice unit and funded by the National Advisory Committee on Drugs; if his attention has been drawn to the important recommendations made in this report and the need for action; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19057/04]

  Mr. N. Ahern:As the Deputy is aware, this report was funded as part of the community grants research scheme which is an initiative of the National Advisory Committee on Drugs, NACD, which operates under the aegis of my Department. Projects under this scheme primarily examine local drugs related issues.

I will be examining the report both from a drugs perspective and also in my capacity as Minister of State in the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government with responsibility for housing. The director of the housing agency attended the launch of the report on 21 June and commented on a number of the recommendations.

The NACD intends to publish a summary of the projects under this scheme in September.