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Cuan Mhuire – Hope for addiction centre

8 October, 2007

Sinn Fein Newry and Armagh MP Conor Murphy has said that he shares the hope of many that the Cuan Mhuire Centre in Newry will reopen so that it can continue its much needed and valued life saving and life changing programme of care for suffering addicts.

The MP confirmed that he had been a member of the negotiating team that had over the past six weeks been involved in a series of engagements with representatives from Southern Health Board, Southern Health Trust, Southern Mental Health Team, RQIA and Supporting People.

Mr Murphy said:

"It is my belief that Cuan Mhuire has shown a clear commitment and willingness to engage in a meaningful and constructive way with all involved. Following this series of meetings, Cuan Mhuire representatives last weekend presented a set of proposals which will in the short term ensure that a provision of service is continued on the Armagh Road site, whilst the development of a new proposed Centre on the Dublin Road is progressed.

"The relevant Departments have taken these proposals away for discussion and hopefully both the Minister of Health and DSD will feel that they can support the Cuan Mhuire proposals to ensure that in the interim, they can maintain their service of care, compassion and recovery for the sick and suffering addict on site at the Armagh Road." ENDS

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