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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

Oct - Nov News 2009

Ana Liffey Drug project NEWS
Fundraising concert in aid of Ana Liffey Drug Project and Coolmine Therapeutic Community – featuring:
Paddy Casey, Mik Pyro, Eoin Dillon, Eoin Coughlan &
the Sick and Indigent Song Club
followed by club with live music from Ali & the DT’s
Button Factory Tuesday December 15th
€20 Doors 7.30pm first act onstage 8pm
City Discs tel: 01 633 0066, Sound Cellar & Road Records
Irish music stars will join forces on Tuesday December 15th in Dublin’s Button Factory to participate in a unique collaborative fundraising event between two charities who share the common goal of helping people who are affected by addiction. The Ana Liffey Drug Project and Coolmine Therapeutic community have a succesful track record of working in partnership to create progression options for people who are actively engaged in drug use.  Lending their musical talents on the night will be Paddy Casey, Mik Pyro going solo (Republic of Loose), Eoin Coughlan, Eoin Dillon (Kila) and the Sick & Indigent Song Club.  The night will close with a live club featuring Ali & the DT’s.
Funds raised from the concert will be used by the Ana Liffey Drug Project towards the purchase of play equipment for their new external child friendly play area in Middle Abbey Street while the Coolmine Therapeutic Community will use their funds for crèche and play facilities for the children of their clients.
The Director of Ana Liffey Tony Duffin and Paul Conlon CE of Coolmine commented “We are delighted that these fine musicians are also coming together in the spirit of partnership to stage this unique event.  Difficult times require new thinking and this is why we are making the unusual move to stage a collaborative fundraiser - a real two for one charity event!”
The partnership between both Coolmine and Ana Liffey works on the premise that the organizations have a different role to play in supporting people who are having difficulties with drug and alcohol use.  Put simply, Ana Liffey works to support people who are active in their drug use - neither promoting nor denouncing it as an activity but remaining engaged with people to reduce the harm that drug use causes, thereby creating opportunities for change.  Coolmine offers a wide range of treatment and rehabilitation services predominantly focused on enabling drug free lifestyles.
Tickets are now on sale from Ticketmaster and as well as from Sound Cellar, Road Records and City Discs.
Further information and to arrange interviews please contact:
Community After Schools Project
1 Portland Square,
Dublin 1
The Community After Schools Project are holding their award ceremony in Family Law in conjunction  with the National College of Ireland. This graduation acknowledges the participation and training within the local community and CASPr. This is a huge day of honour and pride for the participants and their families and we wish them well.
The graduation ceremony will take place on Thursday 19th November in the main hall (Library) RDS.
Open Day at Dublin AIDS Alliance (DAA)
World AIDS Day
Tuesday, 1st December 2009
Venue: 53 Parnell Square West, Dublin 1
Time: 11am to 3pm
Suitable for youth groups and other individuals interested in HIV and sexual health information.
Activities on the day will include:
·         Interactive games to increase your knowledge of HIV
·         Information stand on other Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs)
·         Finding out more about condom use
·         Your sexual health questions answered by our experienced team
·         DVD screening of ‘Positive Youth’ on HIV in Ireland and Zambia (for group bookings only)
·         Learning more about the services provided by the DAA team
Individuals interested in attending can walk-in on the day.
Groups must book in advance - contact Peig or Niamh on 01-8733799 or email
Annie Kelly Bursary News:
We ran a very sucessful education bursary this year with 75 local people benefitting from the fund. The majority of applicants were recovering drug users who choose a range of courses from a "Return to education" course, "Health and Fitness" to degree courses in Trinity College.  
Dial To Stop Drug Dealing:
Great news for our Dial To Stop Drug Dealing campaign, the minister for drugs, John Curran announced at the launch of the Drugs Strategy 2009 - 2016 that he was fully supportive of the campaign and he will continue the scheme owing to the positive outcome to date. Over the next number of weeks a new local campaign will start in the North Inner City Area. More information will be posted on this site at at later stage. Please select here to view the Dial To Stop Drug Dealing information.
Chrysalis News
‘Harm Reduction for Crack Cocaine Users’
This is a Harm Reduction Booklet for Cocaine and Crack Cocaine Users
It will be officially launched on Tuesday 17th November 2009
The AV Theatre of Collin’s Barracks Museum, Parkgate St, Dublin 7
2pm – 4pm
Light Refreshments will be provided
Parking available at the Museum
To view the "Harm Reduction" Booklet please select here
Speakers on the day:
Dr Des Crowley, GP coordinator with HSE Aids & Drugs Service.
Irene O’Reilly, Director of Services, The Dales Centre, Darndale
Mary Mulligan, Community Drug Worker in Chrysalis
Please email or phone 01 882 3362 to confirm by Friday 13th Nov 2009
National Drugs Strategy 2009 - 2016:

On the 10th September 2009 the Irish Government published its national drugs strategy 2009 - 2016. Noting that the previous drugs strategy had been sucessful in tackling the heroin problem in Dublin, the Taoiseach, Brian Cowen TD, acknowledges in his foreward to the new strategy that the situation has now changed: "problem drug use has spread to other areas and the range of drugs available has increased. The challenge involved is complicated by the fact that drug use can be linked to circumstances of social exclusion as well as to circumstances of economic prosperity" Both the Taoseach and the Minister for Drugs, John Curran TD, emphasise that partnership both at national and local level, including the drugs task forces, will continue to form the basis of the Governments approach to tackling the problem.

Please select here if you wish to read or download the abbreviated version of the strategy, showing the 5 pillars and actions, or select here the full version on the National Drugs Strategy 2009 - 2016

Community Policing Forum News: (CPF)

The CPF was established in 1999 by the North Inner City Drugs Task Force to address drug dealing and related issues such as anti-social behaviour and crime. The Forum is a partnership between the local cummunity, DCC and the Gardai. It was chaired by the late Tony Gregory and has had the support of all the local public representatives. There have been many economic and social changes in the North Inner City over the last ten years and there are now major new challenges facing the CPF in addition to the existing ones. Accordingly, the board have decided to organise a seminar involving all the key stakeholders that will review the aims, objectives, membership, structures and activities and will hopefully reform and renew the Community Policing Forum.

The Seminar will commence on Friday evening 6th November and run through until Saturday evening 7th November. For further information contact Sheila in the CPF phone 01-8879442

Chrysalis News:

Chrysalis recently launched their "Stay Safe...Work Wise" booklet. It is a booklet aimed at promoting safe working practices among sex workers. It contains common sense information about staying safe when working; whether on the streets or indoors. The resource was printed in English, French, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish in line with sex worker country of origin trends in Dublin at the time of printing.

The booklet covers topics such as:
  • Condoms
  • Alcohol and drug use
  • Working on the street
  • Outcalls to a home/hotel
  • Negotiating and staying safe
  • If things go wrong
 It was created by Chrysalis Community Drug Project through funding provided by the NICDTF and is being distributed nationwide. Please select here to view a copy of the booklet.

After Schools Project:

The After Schools project in Sherriff Street hosted their annual Halloween House Of Horrors night complete with hot food and disco. It was a fantastic night with fancy dress competitions and a full chamber of horrors to delight and excite the local community. They are busy now working on the Christmas Grotto and are inviting other projects in the area to come and view their work.