Public submissions invited for review of current drugs possession law

A new public consultation has been launched which invites the general public to give their views on the effectiveness of the current law around the possession of illegal drugs for personal use. The consultation will also seek suggestions with regards to any alternatives that could be considered to tackle this issue.   The purpose of this public consultation is to aid a Working Group set up under ‘Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery’ to examine alternative approaches for personal possession of illegal drugs.   Minister Catherine Byrne encourages ...

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Gary discovers a peaceful mind.

“Before Recovery Through Nature, the only thing I’d ever grown was a beard! It has allowed me to experience - for the first time ever – what a peaceful mind is.”   Gary is a client in our Coolmine Lodge residential service. He is one of dozens of men living in the lodge where a therapeutic community approach is used to aid recovery. The community works together to support each other and actively help each other overcome addiction.   Gary has a turbulent backstory. He has been in and out of prison for 34 years, since the age of 15. “I’ve ...

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David talks Homeless World Cup

The Homeless World Cup is taking place this November in Mexico! This is the 16th year of the competition that sees over 500 players from 47 countries take part in a week-long festival of football and we’re hoping that a few Coolmine clients will be on the team! As it stands, five Coolmine players are still in the running to play at the Homeless World Cup!     David Mannion, a Coolmine client with a passion for football, is one of the people responsible for the creation of ‘Coolmine F.C.’ and tells us about the team coming together “There are ...

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