Addiction is an illness, not a moral decision, and people suffering through it deserve dignity and proper healthcare, writes Anne Buckley.
“Meanwhile, people are dying on the streets,” says Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin. “It’s not a dramatic statement, it’s a statement of fact.”
“Could you imagine anyone in the affluent areas of Dublin allowing their children to go to school beside an injecting centre?” said Sinn Féin Councillor Críona Ní Dhálaigh.
Local residents say there’s been an uptick in strewn needles and antisocial behaviour around the homeless and drugs service centre. But there’s no easy solution to that.
Medically supervised injection centres have shown promise in Canada, Australia and Germany. Should we have them here in Dublin?
Deputy Lord Mayor Cieran Perry talks about his involvement in the 1990s anti-drug movement and how the government needs to move faster on homelessness.