Fine Gael TD for Galway West & Mayo South

New €470,000 community-based alcohol treatment service for Galway

€470,000 has been allocated for a new community-based alcohol treatment service in Galway. The proposal from the HSE has been approved by Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, and is a partnership initiative between the Emergency Department at UHG and the HSE.

The allocation will fund a new service with three addiction counsellors, a family support counsellor, a project worker, a liaison nurse and an administrator.

This approval and allocation of €470,000 in funding from my colleague, Catherine Byrne TD is very welcome news for Galway and will help support people with alcohol addiction in the community setting.

With this service, people battling alcohol addiction will have access to an out-patient treatment service with a focus on detoxification. Local GPs will be able to refer patients with an alcohol problem to the new service which, it is hoped, will reduce the number of alcohol associated attendances at the Emergency Department.

The Sláintecare plan puts an emphasis on healthcare in the community and this new service, led by local healthcare staff and experts, is in keeping with this approach and will provide help and support to people in Galway with alcohol dependency issues at the local level.


Category Cost Breakdown
Salary €    362,003 3 x Addiction Counsellors. 1 x Family Support Counsellor 1 x Project Worker 1 x Liaison Nurse 1 x Grade III Administrator
erPRSI €      39,277 Calculated @ 10.85%
Direct Costs €      21,252 Travel, Telephone, Stationery, Postage, Utilities, Services
Premises €      30,000 Lease of Accommodation
Equipment Costs €      10,000 Computers, Furniture & Fittings
Other Costs €        4,000 Training
Clinical Supervision €        3,120 Monthly clinical supervision 4x12x€65
Total Costs €    469,652