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In December 2019, An Bord Pleanála granted planning permission to MQI for the reconfiguration of our Riverbank Centre to provide for a medically supervised injecting facility (MSIF). Leave to apply for a Judicial Review of the decision by An Bord Pleanála was granted by the High Court in February 2020. This Judicial Review will take place this week.
MQI CEO Paula Byrne says:
Delivery of a MSIF pilot is a key objective of the National Drug Strategy: Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, and is part of the Programme for Government. It is a vital healthcare service which will allow us to reach people who are vulnerable, marginalised, and often very sick, by offering them access to medical & nursing services as well as treatment options. With one death every day in Ireland from a drug overdose, this facility will save lives.
There is substantial evidence worldwide that MSIFs reduce public injecting, reduce discarded drug litter, and, most importantly, save lives.
We appreciate there are concerns, particularly among the local community, but we ask that they work with us on this. The MSIF will help save lives and get people into treatment, and it will also help to make the community a safer place for everyone.
MQI remain hopeful that An Bord Pleanála’s decision will be upheld, and we remain committed to the development of the MSIF in our Riverbank Centre.
We will update our website and social media pages as soon as we have further information on developments relating to it.