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McKay to meet Justice Minister over Railway Street cuts

24 November, 2014

Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay will meet Justice Minister David Ford this week to discuss plans to withdraw funding from Railway Street Addiction Services in Ballymena. 

The North Antrim MLA will lead a delegation of service users, staff and GPs to meet the minister. 

Mr McKay said; 

“The decision to withdraw funding from Railway Street is short sighted in the extreme and will only lead to greater costs being incurred by David Ford’s department.

“Railway Street is a model service. It has saved many people’s lives through timely and non-judgemental interventions. 

"Statistics show that it has prevented drug-related crime, prevented prison admissions, lowered re-offending rates and has effectively tackled mental health issues reducing the risk of suicide and overdoses.

“We need this service and we need government to fund it properly. It would be a travesty if this service were to be lost because it falls between the Departments of Justice and Health. 

“We will be outlining to the Justice Minister just how valuable this service is and how much it saves us financially in terms of preventative work as well as the changes it has brought about to people’s lives, to families and to communities.” 

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