Two year wait for job
BRAY Drug and Alcohol Task Force has been left without a co-ordinator for the past two years.
Interviews have taken place and an individual was identified as being suitable for the post, but the appointment has yet to be signed off by the CEO of the HSE, said a spokesperson for the committee.
Chair of the task force, Joe Maguire, has been in contact with the HSE, the Minister for Health and other local TDs, to try and get the person appointed, by to no avail.
The spokesperson said that the task force could have lost out on opportunities to apply for funding because there is no coordinator in place to do the necessary work.
The issue was raised by numerous people at a conference the task force held recently.
‘Not having a coordinator is seriously impeding our work locally,’ said the spokesperson.
Secretary of the task force, Helen Kinsella, said that without a co-ordinator, there is less ‘joined-up thinking’ with the group. ‘Sub-groups are not meeting as regularly as they would have and we missed out on a couple of funding opportunities. I was doing the admin, but wasn’t 100 per cent sure of all the requirement,’ she said.
For example, an application which would only accept the signature of the chairman, the previous year didn’t have that requirement. ‘Some projects didn’t get their funding on time for that reason,’ said Helen.
The purpose of the co-ordinator would be to keep on top of all that administration, allowing others to work in the task force’s areas of education, prevention, treatment and rehab.
The committee has members from all over the spectrum of stakeholders interested in prioritising tackling drug addiction and surrounding issues.
There are members from the chamber, the council, gardai, probation services, Bray Community Addiction Team, and other services, from both the north and south of Bray.
‘We’re not getting straight answers,’ said Helen. ‘How long will it be before the person recruited accepts another job?’
The HSE had not responded to a request for information at the time of going to press.