TDATF September Update

TDATF September Update

Tallaght Drug and Alcohol Task Force (TDATF) have been looking at ways to increase support to frontline community drug services by applying for funding to support new initiatives. These include crack cocaine programmes and a Community Alcohol Programme…..COMING SOON! September is International Recovery Month and there are many events organised to celebrate and promote recovery from addiction. The annual Recovery Walk takes place on September 14th. For more details of upcoming events get in touch or check out the TDATF Facebook page. In July they welcomed Minister Katherine Zappone to Tallaght to showcase the fantastic collaboration between WASP and CARP in Killinarden. These two services have come together to increase supports to whole families in the Tallaght Wide area who are impacted by substance misuse. Minister Zappone was so impressed that the T.D. went to visit CARP to see for herself the incredible work being done with families.

They have an important event coming up – a conference which aims to help concerned caregivers, education providers and professionals understand the harms associated with Cannabis use amongst young people. The conference takes place in the Tallaght Stadium on the 3rd of October @9.30am. You can avail of free tickets on


Crimestoppers is supported by colleagues in An Garda Síochana, Tallaght; they too believe it has been a positive campaign. The information received sometimes is common knowledge but at times the information is unique and has had positive outcomes. The group are asking people once again to use the Crimestoppers line to report any incidents of drug dealing and / or drug related crime, including intimidation – Phone 1800 25 00 25. It’s completely safe and confidential. Together we can help make our communities safer and a happier place to live in. If you are impacted by drug debt intimidation, you can contact the National Family Support Network on 01 – 8980148 in total confidence!

TDATF are recruiting new community representatives; Are you frustrated by drugs or drug related crime in your area? Do you think you could represent the voice and needs of your community? Do you have a view on drug / alcohol misuse and related issues?  If interested, contact TDATF today.


For information on drugs, their effects & services available go to: A more localised directory is also available or for more information see or by calling 01 4649303.


Local contacts include; 

Niamh McGuinness, Senior Development Officer: PH: 464 9303 or

Fiona Murphy, Alcohol Development Worker: PH: 464 9300 or email

Breda Byrne, Administrator: PH: 4649306 or email



Pictured Cathy Murray, Manager of WASP Family Support Service, Minister Katherine Zappone & James Kelly, Manager of CARP, Killinarden

Sarah Brooks

Sarah Brooks

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