Dublin based Fianna Fáil TD, John Curran has said it is critical that funding for Tiglin rehabilitation centre in Ashford, County Wicklow, is reinstated to continue to assist those dealing with addiction and support them to transform their lives.

The centre which opened in 2008 provides residential rehabilitation programmes for both males and females in addiction. It offers individuals holistic services and teaches new skills such as social inclusion, cookery, money management and relationship building to support them to live a life beyond addiction.

Deputy Curran raised his concerns during a special Topical Issue debate in Dáil Éireann following confirmation from the HSE Dublin North that no funding would be forthcoming in 2017.

“Addiction remains as one of the greatest challenges posed in our society. Like many organisations dealing with residential rehabilitation, Tiglin is working to provide an effective and comprehensive solution to life-controlling addiction problems but are operating on a shoestring budget,” explained Deputy Curran.

“Funding is insecure from year to year and is in most cases dependent on voluntary contributions and local fundraising efforts. The loss of funding has put an unbearable strain on the provision of services at Tiglin and causes huge stress for staff and volunteers at the centre.

“The majority of resident’s at this centre are from Dublin. In particular one quarter of residents are from Dublin North, yet it is this area of the HSE CHO area 9 that has withdrawn the funding.

“This funding was withdrawn with no advance warning and at a time when demand for services is only continuing to increase. The cost of having someone continuing in addiction is much higher than treating a person who can live a life free from it, it is therefore only logical for our Government to better support these existing services.

“I very much welcome Minister Byrne’s commitment to review the provision of funding and examine why the funding was cut. I intend on following this up with the Minister in the coming weeks.

“We must work collectively to ensure that the National Drugs Strategy is put in place this year to tackle the escalating addiction problem in Ireland,” concluded Deputy Curran.