Cornmarket Project to expand
AN ADDICTION treatment service which has proved successful in Wexford town is now being expanded into Enniscorthy, New Ross and Gorey.
The Cornmarket Project, which has operated in Wexford for 10 years, is being extended into the other main towns this month.
The extended service was launched at a reception in the project centre in Mallin Street last Saturday evening by the Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltachts Affairs Pat Carey who has responsibility for the National Drugs Strategy.
The Cornmarket Project, which is run by Wexford Local Development, provides counselling and support services to individuals and their families who are struggling to cope with the effects of addiction to drugs or alcohol.
Project co-ordinator Paul Delaney said a recent report commissioned by the South East Regional Drugs Task Force highlighted the stark reality that Wexford has the highest use of illegal drugs of any county in the south east.
'We know from our existing work on the ground that the areas of Gorey, Enniscorthy and New Ross have serious and developing heroin and other drug problems.
Pat Rath, chairman of Wexford Local Development said now is the time to put services into place to stop the affliction of drug addiction that has blighted so many communities.
The Cornmarket Project offers a range of behaviour change programmes to those who have a history of offending.
It is funded primarily by the Irish Probation Service with support from the South East Regional Drugs Task Force, FAS, the VEC and the Department of Social and Family Affairs.
The extended services in New Ross, Gorey and Enniscorthy will initially concentrate on providing services to people referred to the project by the Probation Service and the courts. It is expected that the Cornmarket Project will work with 190 individual clients during 2010, 140 of whom will be Probation Service referrals.