A community based alcohol treatment service is to be reintroduced in Galway, according to local Fine Gael TD Hildegarde Naughton.
The development is contained in the newly published HSE service plan.
Deputy Naughton told Midwest News that she has worked with local activists, doctors, addiction counsellors and Gardai over the last year and held meetings with both Ministers Simon Harris and Catherine Byrne TD in an effort to get the service restored
Since the old facility burned down in 2012 there has been no dedicated alcohol addiction treatment service in Galway.
The deputy says that before the service closed,up to 50 people a day sought counselling or treatment for drug or alcohol dependency. Since then there has effectively been no help when people required it. This has resulted in admissions to UHG which could have been avoided and created a huge amount of distress for many.
Almost €500,000 has been approved for the service in 2020 which will allow the lease of a dedicated building plus the creation of a number of posts. These will include 3 dedicated alcohol addiction counsellors, a family support counsellor, a project worker, a liaison nurse and administrative staff.