McKay leads delegation to meet Ford over Railway Street funding
Sinn Féin MLA Daithí McKay has called on justice minister David Ford to reconsider his decision to withdraw funding for the Railway Street addiction services unit in Ballymena.
Daithí McKay is leading a delegation of people who would be affected by the closure to meet David Ford today.
The North Antrim MLA said:
"Railway Street Addiction Services will close if the Justice Minister goes ahead with this withdrawal of funding.
"Many of those who have had their lives utterly destroyed by drugs in this area know that Railway Street was the crucial factor in getting their lives back on track.
"Many lives have been saved by this facility.
“It is an exemplary service in terms of prevention and there is no doubt the Department of Justice has saved millions over the years because Railway Street prevented drug-related crime, reduced reoffending and worked well with the police and other statutory agencies.
“This is a small amount of money which this service needs. The removal of the funding will be devastating as it will ensure that those become addicted to drugs as well as their families and communities, will not get the support they need.
"This decision makes no sense whatsoever.
"The minister must listen to the voices of those who have had their lives devastated by drugs and he must act."