Sunday 22 September 2019

Charity pulls out of plan to run hub for drug addicts

The Dublin Simon Community says it has pulled out of a plan to run a homeless hub in Clontarf for clients battling drug addiction. Stock image
The Dublin Simon Community says it has pulled out of a plan to run a homeless hub in Clontarf for clients battling drug addiction. Stock image
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The Dublin Simon Community says it has pulled out of a plan to run a homeless hub in Clontarf for clients battling drug addiction.

Residents in the Dublin 3 suburb had expressed concern over the plan to house up to 50 residents in a former nursing home on Haddon Road, beside Clontarf Promenade.

La Verna was sold last year and had been lying vacant before a plan was lodged to Dublin City Council by a company called Osdale, which applied for a change of use for the building.

This was green-lit by the council in July, which deemed it exempted development. The application said the Dublin Simon Community would operate the facility and use it to house those clients accessing its drugs rehabilitation programme.

However, in a statement to the Irish Independent, the Dublin Simon Community said it now no longer believed the site was suitable for its complex requirements.

"We have decided against the potential use of the Haddon Road property. In the context of the collection of options available, it has proven to be the least suitable for our requirements," said a spokesperson.

"As we continue to see people turning to us for help, we are investigating alternatives so we can continue to support people who have experienced homelessness and are in recovery from addiction."

The future of the 22-bedroom facility now hangs in the balance, but the decision by the Dublin Simon Community to pull out was cautiously welcomed by locals.

Irish Independent

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