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Monday 18 December 2017

Families furious as clinic gets go-ahead

FAMILIES are outraged over a decision to give planning approval to a drug clinic in a residential area.

Residents in Dublin 7 are now battling the city council in a bid to have the controversial ruling overturned.

Permission was given to the Chrysalis Community Drug Project for its centre on Manor Street, despite strong objections from families and businesses in Stoneybatter, as well as Labour TD Joe Costello.



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In its objection, the Manor Street Stoneybatter Residents & Traders Association said the zone was residential in nature "with a small commercial presence".

"As such, the 'services' to be provided by Chrysalis would be likely to result in antisocial behaviour, harassment to residents and present a significant danger to young people and children in our area," the association said.

It added that the services will include a needle exchange programme, saying: "The provision of such services in a heavily residential area is totally unsuitable and not in accordance with the Draft Dublin City Council Development Plan or the requirements of a residential conservation zone."

It has now appealed the council's decision to An Bord Pleanala.

Chrysalis did not reply to a request for a comment.

Its website says the organisation was set up in 1998 by a group of local residents and workers "to address and respond to drug issues within the greater Stoneybatter area".

Chrysalis has charitable status and is funded through the North Inner City Drug Task Force. It also operates "a dedicated harm reduction service" to prostitutes.

Local TD Joe Costello said: "The conduct of Chrysalis in opening for business and then applying for retention permission is unacceptable and does not show any consideration for the local community and environment."

comurphy@herald.ie

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