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North Inner City Drugs Task Force

May 2009

Press Release from North Inner City Drugs Task Force

Lord Mayor Councillor Eibhlin Byrne will launch
North Inner City Drugs Talk Force(NICDTF)
‘Annie Kelly Education Bursary 2009 in the Mansion House, Dawson Street
at 2pm, Thursday, 21st May 2009
  • The Annie Kelly Education Bursary (AKEB) was established by NICDTF in 2002 to support those living and working in local communities and experiencing the effects of problem drug use, to access further education and training through assistance with fees, books, materials and other support costs.

  • AKEB is open to those individuals and families recovering from drug use and those working in relevant local services in the North Inner City. To date more than 200 individuals have been supported to complete accredited courses in education over the 7 years of the awards’ existence.
  • Named in memory of Annie Kelly (from Drumalee, Stonybatter), who passed away in 1999 in recognition of her work. Annie was a community activist, a strong local advocate for education and a founding member of North Inner City Drugs Task Force (NICDTF) in 1998. (We are honoured by the presence of members of her family here today.)
  • The Bursary has developed from €6,000 per year, supporting 16 individuals in 2002 growing to €26,000 supporting 30 individuals in 2006 and €46,500 supporting 50 individuals in 2007 and over 70 individuals in 2008.
  • This Bursary is a small yet vital part of NICDTF response to overcoming the drug focused problems in local people’s lives in Dublin’s North Inner City.
  • It is currently estimated that today in the North Inner City area over 200 people are attending drug rehabilitation ranging from full-time 2 year courses to part-time projects and after-care support programmes, even in the face of: Increased drug dealing; Increases of people experiencing problem drug use; And more people seeking treatment services.
  • These local programmes in conjunction with access to further education enable individuals and families move on and reclaim productive lives and safe lifestyles free from drugs.
  • NICDTF wishes to acknowledge those people (some attending here today), who have benefited from these awards for their achievements in education. NICDTF says ‘Well done for the tough steps you have taken to move forward. Whether those courses you have taken have been short initial courses of a number of weeks, through to year long certificates and to more advanced 3 and 4 year degree programmes. You are role models in your communities and neighbourhoods for others to learn from and to follow. We applaud your achievements.’
  • Despite increased worry over: Cutbacks on community drugs projects now and next year; Threats & intimidation over drug money owed to criminals; Increasing media reports of worsening and more violent drugs situations, the AKEB, like so many other local initiatives, continues. Continues to counter the difficulties that drugs impose on people’s lives and to bring real change, quality and support to individuals and families in the steps out of the cycles of addiction.
  • The IFSC Inner City Trust award, of €10,000 per year (2008-10), adds to the current €20,000 per year basic fund and is most welcome by NICDTF.
  • NICDTF is also grateful to local bodies like ICON, UISCE, NorthWest Training & Development Project, who previously have contributed to supporting the programme to ensure recovering drug users and local people can better access education opportunities.
  • Information available or contact Mel – 087 6871168



NACD half – day Conference

Drug Use, Sex Work and the Risk Environment in Dublin

The Coach House, Dublin Castle, Thursday, 18th June 2009

Time: 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p. m

Opening Address: John Curran, (Minister with responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy)

Presentation of findings and key recommendations from the report: Dr. Teresa Whitaker (NACD).

Guest Speakers:
1. Dr. Linda Cusick (Reader in Substance Use at University of the West of Scotland)

2. Kathryn McGarry (TCD)

Current responses from the risk environment from service providers in Dublin: Speakers from Women’s Health Project, Gay Men’s Health Project, Chrysalis, Simon, Novas Hostel.

This conference is aimed at service providers/agency workers whose work directly or indirectly involves drug users. The purpose of the conference is to raise awareness of the risk environment in Dublin for drug users (female and male) who engage in sex work. It is anticipated that representatives from various services (e.g. homeless, drug treatment, health, specialist services) will be present at the conference and that there will be an opportunity for discussion and debate. The conference is free and because places are limited they will be assigned on a first register basis. It is advised to register as soon as possible. Application can be emailed to Mary-Jane Trimble at or the form faxed to 01- 667 0828 or posted to the NACD, 3rd Floor, Shelbourne House, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 (01 – 6670760/ 01 - 667 0781).

Annie Kelly Education Bursary 2009

The Annie Kelly Education Bursary 2009 will be launched by The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Eibhlin Byrne on Thursday 21st May 2009 in the Oak room in the Mansion House Dawson Street.

Click here to visit the Annie Kelly Education Bursary webpage to view the latest guidelines and application form.