Proper funding needed for drug rehabilitation services in Kildare, says councillor

Cllr Mark Lynch said drug problem in Newbridge is 'severe'

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Proper funding needed for drug rehabilitation services in Kildare, says councillor

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Sinn Féin Cllr Mark Lynch has called on Kildare County Council to seek proper funding for drug rehabilitation services in the Kildare-Newbridge Municipal District.

At the October MD meeting, Cllr Lynch said the council should call on the Minister of Health and Heath Service Executive to properly fund drug rehabilitation services and ask them to provide the Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force with an increased budget.

Cllr Lynch said the serious drugs issue in Newbridge has gone “severe”.

He said begging is a huge issue in Newbridge the last few months, and that it is going to get worse.

He said funding for Kildare is way down, and more funding could be directed to new services in the area.

Cllr Paddy Kennedy, who does some work with ARAS in Newbridge, said the clientele has doubled from this time last year.

He said the sooner the better a letter is sent to the Minister.

Cllr Fiona McLoughlin Healy said; “This is bigger than us. We’re only fire fighting. We need to get a grip on this quickly.”

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