All nine former ministers who have held responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy have called on Taoiseach Leo Varadkar to intervene to restore confidence in its partnership framework and funding to its neighbourhood activities.
They launched their appeal at an event in central Dublin organised by the Citywide Drugs Campaign.
Having steered the National Drugs Strategy over a 20-year period between 1996 and 2016, they expressed concern and frustration at the failure of the Government to honour its commitments to work in partnership with community groups.
They say the longstanding partnership approach underpinning the strategy is in danger of collapse.
Source: rte.ie/news, October 2019. Accessed on October 31st 2019