North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force

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Sligo Development Centre, Cleveragh Road,,
General Details
Contact position: Coordinator
Service / Organisation: North West Regional Drug & Alcohol Task Force
071 9151520
Description of main activities / services for children and families:

Task Forces were set up under the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008 to provide a response to illicit drug use and underage drinking problems.


Task Forces were set up under the National Drug Strategy 2001-2008 to provide a response to illicit drug use and underage drinking problems. Task Forces have representatives from government agencies, local authorities, community and voluntary groups. The Task Force’s primary role is to co-ordinate responses to local needs. NWRDATF was set up in 2003 and covers Donegal, Sligo, Leitrim and North West Cavan.

The overall objective is "to significantly reduce the harm caused to individuals and society by the misuse of drug through concerted focus on supply reduction, prevention, treatment and research."


 Arising from the COVID-19 emergency, the following arrangements are in place for community and voluntary drug treatment and related services in NWRDATF Sligo, Leitrim until further notice. Services will continue to operate at their maximum capacity, except that provision has been adjusted to take account of the following:

  • Some buildings are completely closed to the public;
  • Planned group activities have been suspended;
  • Staffing rotas have been organised to minimise staff interaction thereby maximising service continuation in the event of a staff-related infection;
  • The main focus of provision is continued contact with existing service users;

Treatment services that remain open and working remotely are:

  • Christine Hanley: Substance Misuse Worker for the Homeless - Sligo. 085 8030131
  • Outreach Workers - Sligo/North Leitrim
    • Mark Askey - 087 2208602 | Sligo & South Leitrim
    • Damien Daly - 087 7010520 | / North Leitrim

Drug & Alcohol Family Support Workers - North Leitrim

  • Mags Whyte – 087 7148004 /magsrycp@gmail: North Leitrim

Sligo Travellers Support Group: Bernadette Maughan – 087 7698922/

Youth Drug and Alcohol Workers - Sligo/Leitrim:

  • Sligo: Annemarie Regan: 086 9087141/
  • Leitrim: Grainne Duignan 086 1702340/

Training & Education Coordinator: Sligo/ Leitrim:

  • Christina McEleney: 087 9369312/

NW Task Force Staff:

  • Sean O’Connor, Coordinator – Mob: 0871034941/Email:
  • Lorna Curry, Sligo/Leitrim/West Cavan - Mob: 087 6983653/Email:
  • Tracey Mitchell, Donegal/Nth Leitrim - Mob: 087 7410956/Email:
  • Maev Gallagher, Administration - Mob: 087 1953984/Email:

Please visit our website and our Facebook page for regular updates:

Service Areas
Service Areas:
  • Sligo town and environs
  • Sligo - north
  • Sligo - south, east and west
  • Leitrim - Carrick-on-Shannon and environs
  • Leitrim - south
  • Leitrim - north

The Task Force have a remit for the entire North West region i.e Sligo, Leitrim and Donegal.

Where service is provided
Where service is provided:
  • Service provided at above address
  • Service provided at various locations throughout the area covered
Cost of service to user
Cost of service to user:
  • Free
  • Charge applies for some services / some services free
How to access the service
How to access the service (referral pathways):
  • People can self-refer / access the service directly (without the need for a referral)
  • Parents / guardians can refer
  • Through GP
  • Through schools
  • Through Tusla Child and Family Social Workers
  • Through other Tusla services (e.g. Education Welfare Service)
  • Through HSE services
  • Through other statutory services
  • Through other community / voluntary service
Parental permission needed
Do young people need parental permission to use your service?:
  • No parental permission required
Age-range catered for
Age-range catered for:
  • Young adults (18-24 years)
  • Adults (25-64 years)
  • Adults (65+ years)

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  • Be based in Sligo / Leitrim or provide a service to children, young people or families (0 to 24 years of age, plus pre-birth services) in Sligo / Leitrim
  • Be a state supported or not for profit service or agency
  • Be non-political and non-commercial

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