Government approved legislation to exempt drug users from possession charges in designated facilities back in February 2017. Photograph: Thinkstock

The refusal of planning permission for the State’s first supervised injection centre by Dublin City Council has been described as one which would “put(...)

Dublin homelessness tour: “Sleeping out in the city centre, that was my worst nightmare. I had to put on my Bear Grylls head,” Derek McGuire says. “It was going to be about survival.” Photograph: Rory Carroll

Dublin has a rich variety of tours – literary pub crawls, Guinness brewery tastings, Trinity College walkabouts, splashing through the Liffey dressed (...)

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(...)

Since 2011, there has been a 35 per cent rise in demand for Merchant’s Quay Ireland’s needle-exchange service. File photograph: Getty Images

Major drug treatment centres need to be located in the centre of Dublin even if it makes the problem more obvious to tourists, Minister of State for t(...)

Merchants Quay Ireland and the National Family Support Network, both organisations that work with those affected by drug use, will submit a petition about the issue to Minister for Health Leo Varadka on Tuesday. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Drug overdoses lead to one death every day in Ireland according to reform advocates seeking a “greater urgency” from the Government on the issue. On T(...)