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Ana Liffey Drug Project are looking for Volunteers 21 Jun 2018

Ana Liffey Drug Project is looking for Volunteers to assist with a Syringe Programme Support (Meath and Louth).

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Philly McMahon, Emmet Kirwan and Jack Nolan among those speaking at Dublin Drug Town Hall meeting 13 Jun 2018

The Hot Press, Ana Liffey Drug Project & LSE event highlighted the need for drug decriminalisation in Ireland.

There was a full house last night at Dublin’s Wood Quay venue for the first Drug Policy Town Hall meeting brought to you by Hot Press, the Ana Liffey Drug Project and the London School of Economics.

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Listen back - Healthcare or Handcuffs: Decriminalising drugs 13 Jun 2018

The Pat Kenny Show - Healthcare or Handcuffs: Decriminalising drugs.

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Town Hall Dublin Safer From Harm Event 13 Jun 2018

Experts from the London School of Economics (LSE), along with leading Irish NGOs CityWide and the Ana Liffey Drug Project have said that possessing drugs for personal use should not be a criminal offence. This accords with the view of the Oireachtas Justice Committee which ‘strongly recommended’ a move away from criminal sanctions in late 2015. Speaking at a ‘Town Hall’ event in Dublin last night, Anna Quigley of CityWide said:

“Our national drugs strategy calls for a health-led approach to drug use. We need to back this up with action, and make sure that what we are doing in practice matches our policy. Unfortunately, it is still the case that simple possession is a crime. If everyone agrees that drug use is a health issue, not a criminal justice one, why is it that people who use drugs must first be labelled as a criminal before they can access healthcare? This is stigmatising and unhelpful, but we have the chance now to change that”.

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Should Ireland get rid of criminal penalties for drug possession? 11 Jun 2018

Should Ireland get rid of criminal penalties for drug possession? It has been successful elsewhere

A TOWN HALL meeting will be held this week in Dublin on the subject of looking into a health-led approach towards drug use in Ireland.

The event – which is organised by drugs NGO the Ana Liffey Drug Project – will look into what a health-led approach to tackling drug use would look like.

The government last year launched its National Drugs Strategy, which is titled Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery. The strategy explicitly supports moving towards a “health-led response to drug and alcohol use in Ireland”.

This would be a move towards efforts at reducing harm of drug use through health means.

It is currently a criminal offence for anyone to possess illegal drugs in Ireland. Anyone found to be in possession of prohibited narcotics can be prosecuted before the courts and potentially receive a criminal conviction.

This could range from a fine to a prison sentence.

In November of last year, junior minister with responsibility for the strategy Catherine Byrne Working Group to consider alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use.

The Town Hall meeting this week coincides with the launch of a public consultation on the matter, where Irish citizens can give their views on Ireland’s current laws and whether they need to change.

The consultation takes the form of a questionnaire in which the public is queried about their attitudes to illegal drug use and whether they think criminal penalties should be more lenient.

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