As part of the tender for the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility, there will be a number of structures put in place to ensure comprehensive operational, clinical and supervisory governance. An external Monitoring Committee comprising of key stakeholders to oversee the MSIF will be established, independent of MQI, and will be chaired by Dr. Eamon Keenan, the National Clinical Lead for Addiction Services in the HSE. A Clinical Governance Committee will also be established to ensure that the pilot MSIF is providing appropriate clinical interventions to clients and that interventions by MQI are in line with international best practice. Merchants Quay Ireland will also establish an Operational Governance Committee to oversee the management of the MSIF from a practical day-to-day point of view. The committee will provide for communication, consultation and cooperation regarding operational matters.


Meet the Team

Below is the current staff who have been recruited as part of the Project Team for the MSIF, as more staff are recruited we will update this section of the website.

Derek Parker – Project Coordinator for the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility


Derek Parker


Derek is the Project Coordinator for the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility. Derek’s responsibility for the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility is to ensure the delivery of the MSIF project and to develop and implement operational procedures for the service.. Derek was most recently the Health Coordinator for Merchants Quay’s Open Access Service. Prior to this, Derek worked as a Registered Psychiatric Nurse (RPN) in acute psychiatric admissions units and as a Community Addictions Nurse in Scotland for the National Health Service Greater Glasgow & Clyde and a Clinical Nurse Manager in Dublin before joining MQI in 2014

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Alan Dooley – Community Liaison Officer

Alan Dooley


Alan is the Community Liaison Officer for the Medically Supervised Injecting Facility (MSIF). As Community Liaison Officer, Alan will be working to ensure that local residents and businesses are informed of plans for the MSIF as they develop. He will also be the primary point of contact for those in the local community who wish to contact MQI about the MSIF. Alan is also the Community Engagement Coordinator for Merchants Quay. In this role, Alan works in partnership with the local community in resolving any community issues related to MQI’s work.

He joined MQI in 1996, and was the Drop-In Centre Manager for Riverbank for 15 years. Alan has a strong commitment to social justice and works collaboratively to deliver quality services in a non-judgemental and compassionate environment.


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