The country's only residentdial addiction treatment service for young people is under serious pressure and will be unsustainable without Government help.
Aislinn, in Ballyragget, is run by Aiséirí, and is the only service of its kind in Ireland for people aged 15-21. Last year, there were 175 admissions to the adolescent detoxification and rehabilitation service — an increase of 60 individuals on 2014.
In Aiséirí’s annual report, chief executive Paul Conlon warns that while its financial position improved in 2015, the increased demand for services in the south-east has put pressure on facilities across the region.
“Despite being the only residential detoxification and treatment service for adolescents in the country, we need to rely on fundraising and the contributions from private sources to try and cover our cost base,” he said.
“This is not sustainable into the future. We are calling on the government to look into the possibility of fullyfunding this essential and successful programme into the future.”