Written Answers - National Drugs Strategy.

Wednesday, 3 December 2008

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 669 No. 3

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  199.  Deputy Michael Ring  Information on Michael Ring  Zoom on Michael Ring   asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs  Information on Éamon Ó Cuív  Zoom on Éamon Ó Cuív   the overall level of expenditure allocated to the national drugs strategy in 2008; the breakdown of the way this expenditure is allocated to various Departments involved in delivering the strategy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44274/08]

Minister of State at the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy John Curran): Information on John Curran  Zoom on John Curran  As the Deputy is aware, there are a number of Departments and agencies involved in the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy. However, the level of State funding on drug-related issues can be difficult to estimate as the costs associated with services provided by An Garda Síochána, the Prison Service, the HSE and others deal with drug misuse as part of their wider daily services.

Bearing these limiting factors in mind, it is estimated that funding for the development, co-ordination and delivery of the pillars under the current National Drugs Strategy for 2007 amounted to approximately €232m. The breakdown of this estimated figure is set out in the table. The funding available through my Department for the Drugs Strategy in 2008 is €64.332m. Figures for the other Departments and Agencies for this year are not yet available. Estimate of 2007 funding directly attributable to drugs programmes under the National Drugs Strategy

Department/Agency Allocation 2007
€ million
Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs 51.518
Department of Health and Children 0.984
Health Service Executive 83.177
FÁS 18.7
Department of Education and Science 12.27
Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government 0.481
Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform 12.89
Irish Prison Service 5.0 est.
An Garda Síochána 38.8
Revenue’s Customs Service 8.581
Total 232.401

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