The site of the new treatment centre in Portlaoise.
Construction work is set to begin in Portlaoise beside St Fintan's Hospital shortly on a new treatment centre for drug and other addictions .
Building work will begin after a knotweed infestation is cleared from the site. A specialist company has moved on site this week to eradicate the weed to allow the main construction work to begin in 2018. Measures have been taken onsite to clear the weed over the coming weeks.
Once cleared, contractors working for the HSE will begin start construction of a new 400sqm treatment and therapy Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS). It will replace an existing building at Coote Street Portlaoise.
The centre is due to house various local and national addiction services under one roof. Among the services available will be Alcoholics Anonymous, Gamblers Anonymous, Midland Simon, Anna Liffey Drug Project, Merchant’s Quay Ireland and any others.
An alternative therapy service will also be available at the centre which will be located near to the town prison campus.
The expected hours of operation are 8am to 8pm weekdays, with some infrequent services operated over weekends.
The centre will be located on a site which stretches from the Stradbally to Dublin roads. In the planning application the HSE said the location is suitable, because of its closeness to the prisons as some former inmates will be attending upon release.
In the past year the HSE confirmed that contracts worth €900,000 were on new addiction services for Laois and other midlands counties.
Extern won the contract to provide a community drug and alcohol prevention and treatment support service for individuals under 18 years and their families in Longford, Westmeath, Laois & Offaly.
Merchant’s Quay Ireland was awarded the contract to provide a similar support service for people over 18 years and their families in the same counties.