Injection facility opening delayed

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The development of the State’s first supervised injecting centre – in which users would be permitted to inject drugs they had obtained elsewhere - has reached a significant stumbling block, following a ruling by Dublin City Council ruling that the facility cannot go ahead without planning permission. Last August the HSE issued a tender seeking a provider to run the facility and both the Ana Liffey Drug Project and Merchants Quay Ireland applied. Although legislation to allow the facility passed by the Dáil earlier this year, the City Council has ruled that it is not exempted from the requirement of planning permission. It is believed the ruling could delay the opening for up to two years. More

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