Assistant Garda Commissioner Pat Leahy said gardaí were on board with current plans to open a supervised drug injection clinic in Dublin city centre, run by Merchants Quay Ireland.  File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times.

The Assistant Garda Commissioner for the Dublin region has told an Oireachtas committee he had not seen “definitive evidence” that decriminalising dru(...)

A report from the Ana Liffey drug project recommends that Ireland decriminalise drugs in quantities for personal use.  Photograph:  Julien Behal/PA

The sky “did not fall in” after a decision to decriminalise drugs for personal use in Portugal, according to the vice-president of the health commissi(...)

Decriminalisation would not apply just to the “stereotypical problem user that everyone has a mental image of”, says Marcus Keane, but “the entire country”. Photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

Decriminalisation of drugs for personal use would benefit middle-class, occasional users of cocaine as much as it would entrenched heroin or crack-coc(...)

Tony Duffin: We want to see decriminalisation of small amounts of drugs for personal use. Photograph: Dara Mac Donaill/The Irish Times

Ireland should aim to decriminalise the possession of small amounts of drugs within five years, a State-funded drugs policy group has recommended. At(...)

Minister of State for the National Drugs Strategy Catherine Byrne has appointed a working group to look at “alternative approaches to the possession of drugs for personal use”. File photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Legislation to decriminalise drugs, including heroin, cocaine and cannabis, for personal use could be enacted in early 2019, Minister of State for the(...)

The needle exchange at Merchants Quay drop-in centre. Photograph: Alan Betson

The development of the State’s first supervised injecting centre has been dealt another blow, following a ruling that planning permission would be req(...)

Ana Liffey chief executive Tony Duffin with RTÉ presenter Bláthnaid Treacy. Photo credit: Drugs.ie

Young adults are being encouraged to write about issues such as club drugs and steroids as part of a revamped Drugs.ie National Youth Media Awards. N(...)

A respected international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units. File photograph: Julien Behal/PA Wire

An international drug policy expert has voiced scepticism about the effectiveness of supervised injecting units, one of which is due to open in Dublin(...)

Minister of State for Drugs Catherine Byrne, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister for Health Simon Harris  at the publication of the national drugs strategy. Photograph: Collins

Drug campaigner groups have welcomed the news the Government is considering decriminalising possession of small quantities of drugs. Possession of dr(...)

Dublin city centre: Tony Duffin of the Ana Liffey Drug Project says 400 drug users discard used needles in the city centre every month. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Sixty-seven Dublin City Council (DCC) binmen have been injured by discarded syringes while at work in recent years, according to the council. Since 2(...)

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