Community Safety Fora
Today I approved the allocation of €100,000 from the Drugs Initiative Fund to support the Community Safety Fora in Tallaght and Clondalkin next year.
€50,000 in current funding, which has been earmarked for the Community Safety Fora, will be made available to Tallaght Local Drugs Task Force and Clondalkin Local Drugs Task Force respectively in 2013.
I’m pleased that this allocation can help to secure the long term sustainability of community safety initiatives developed by estate management groups in Killinarden and Fettercairn in Tallaght, and by community safety fora in North Clondalkin and South West Clondalkin.
If we are to be successful in tackling the overall fight against drugs, we must do all we can to foster co-operation between local communities, the Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána.
This funding will ensure that communities in Tallaght and Clondalkin can continue their efforts to improve their neighbourhoods and keep their streets free of drug dealing and associated anti-social behaviour.
South Dublin County Council, which has a long association with these initiatives, will be responsible for disbursing the funds at local level.
Drugs Task Forces play a key role in assessing the extent and nature of the drug problem in their areas and co-ordinating action at local level so that there is a targeted response to the drug problem in local communities.
The National Drugs Strategy indicates that initiatives which foster cooperation between local communities, the Local Authorities and An Garda Síochána create conditions of trust in which the drugs problems can be addressed in a proactive and concerted way.