Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Thursday, 23 February 2006

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 615 No. 73

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  121.  Mr. Kenny  Information on Enda Kenny  Zoom on Enda Kenny   asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   the amount which has been spent in tackling drug abuse by each regional drug task forces since their establishment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7534/06]

Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Mr. N. Ahern): Information on Noel Ahern  Zoom on Noel Ahern  Ten regional drugs task forces, RDTFs, have been established covering all parts of the [1058]country that are not already serviced by one of the 14 local drugs task forces. The RDTFs work in a partnership manner, similar to the local drugs task forces, and are made up of nominees from State agencies working in the region, the community and voluntary sectors and elected public representatives.

Following the assessment of regional plans submitted by the RDTFs, approvals were granted in September 2005 and allocations totalling just under €5 million on an annual basis, exclusive of a contribution towards administrative costs, were made to the ten regional drugs task forces. Work on the implementation of the projects identified in these plans then commenced. To date a total of €659,120 has been drawn down by the RDTFs. Details of the allocations and spend of the ten RDTFs are set as follows. I am satisfied with the rate of progress being made by the RDTFs so far and I expect that the full €5 million allocated will be expended this year.

Regional Drugs Task Force Allocation (Excluding Administration) Total Draw Down to 20/2/06
South East 665,000 362,500
Southern 565,000 53,200
East Coast (Greater Dublin area) 760,000 12,500
South West (Greater Dublin area) 735,000 30,000
Northern Area (Greater Dublin area) 509,000 30,000
North Eastern 410,000 30,000
Mid-Western 421,700 55,000
Western 340,000 30,000
Midland 320,000 0
North West 271,760 55,920
Total 4,997,460 659,120


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