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Doolan commends community as new Inner City drugs clinic opens

12 September, 2003

A major new drugs centre is set to open in Dublin's south inner city this afternoon. The "Paul Spellman Centre" which is situated in Ringsend and housed in a former bank is one of the largest treatment and rehabilitation centres in Dublin. It houses a CE scheme, gym, garden, kitchens and counselling rooms. The centre also offers education, training and family counselling.

Run and managed by the Ringsend and District Response to Drugs (RDRD), it is a community-based project. Set up in 1996 RDRD is one of the most successful community responses to the drugs problem in Dublin. The centre will be officially opened this afternoon, Friday September 12th at 3pm. One of the highlights will be special guest, singer songwriter Damien Dempsey.

Local Representative Daithí Doolan was a founder member of RDRD and is currently a member of the management.

Speaking from the centre today Daithí Doolan said:

"I believe this centre is one of the greatest responses to the drugs crisis I have seen across Dublin. Rather than bury our heads in the sand this community chooses to fight not just the consequences but also the causes of drug addiction. Our centre offers a holistic approach to the drugs crisis that has besieged many of our communities in the capital.

"We are very proud of what this community has achieved. This centre is a beacon to all those struggling against the scourge of drug addiction. We offer hope, help and rehabilitation of addicts, families and indeed the wider community."ENDS

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