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Monday 11 December 2023 Dublin: 7°C

# Merchants Quay

Last year
Syringe analysis shows increase in methamphetamine use and cocaine-heroin mixture
Heroin was present in nearly all samples, with cocaine in close to 90%.
All time
'Twice I woke up and a person was dead beside me'
Over 11,600 people who are homeless or in addiction were helped by Merchants Quay Ireland in 2019.
Just two people wrote to city planners saying they were in favour of the new supervised injecting facility
The vast majority of submissions were against the facility.
'A dictatorship': Deputy Lord Mayor slams Simon Harris over comments on planning refusal for injection centre
The Health Minister said he was delighted that Merchants Quay Ireland was appealing the council’s decision.
'It’s terrifying rough sleeping. I stay up all night, lying in a doorway'
Merchants Quay Ireland is launching its 2018 annual report today.
Former drugs minister says injecting centre plan has 'been allowed to die' by government
Dublin City Council has refused planning permission for an injecting facility.
Dublin City Council refuses planning permission for Ireland's first injecting centre
The Council gave its decision yesterday.
Gardaí refuse to provide policing plan needed for injecting centre until planning permission is granted
Merchants Quay Ireland applied to Dublin City Council for planning permission for the centre last year.
'I'd be dead, simple as that': Homeless people with mental health difficulties treated 'every day' at Merchants Quay
Merchants Quay said the research shows that homelessness can have a profound and long-lasting effect on a person’s mental health.
'I owe this place my life': Inside Dublin's only charity offering free hot Sunday dinners to the homeless spent a morning last week at Merchant’s Quay Ireland’s Sunday service.
'We've seen people die, people beaten up horrifically': This primary school doesn't want an injecting centre 300m from its front door
A plan to open a medically supervised injecting facility has been met with fierce local opposition.
'We are seeing people who have a home, but they can’t afford the heating or the food to cook'
Merchants Quay Ireland has issued an urgent appeal for funding for its Sunday dinner service.
Planned supervised injection centre may not open in 2019, new Merchants Quay CEO says
A total of 99 objections were lodged against Merchant Quay Ireland’s plans for the centre.
Temple Bar pubs and U2 hotel among 99 objections to State's first supervised injecting centre
The centre would cater for 60 heroin and cocaine addicts every day.
'I started taking drugs when I was 12 ... it was just seen as a cool thing to do' spent a morning this week at Merchant’s Quay Ireland, which provides assistance to homeless people and drug users in Dublin.
Homeless and addiction charity says 'Ireland is facing a deepening social crisis'
Merchants Quay chief: “It’s an understatement at this point to say we have a homelessness crisis”
Man stabbed on O'Donovan Rossa Bridge in Dublin city centre
Officers said that a 29-year-old man was injured at around 11.45pm.
We have a location for the first supervised drug injecting room - what happens next?
The new centre will be operated by Merchants Quay Ireland on Dublin’s south quays.
'What it means is that we won't arrest people for carrying heroin': Confusion remains over injection centre policing
Local politicians have called for clarity on what gardai are supposed to do.
Steroid abuse: Simon Harris wants gym owners to help combat problem
Steroid addiction is on the rise in Ireland.
Calls for a heroin 'overdose antidote' to be made more available to addicts' families
Naloxone may have saved 98 lives in Northern Ireland over five years.
Fr Peter McVerry calls for immediate closure of Merchants Quay Night Cafe
The homelessness campaigner has hit out at the quality of beds on offer, and called some hostels “a disgrace”.
At least 168 people were sleeping rough in Dublin last night
The number of rough sleepers in the capital has reached a record high.
"When I was 15 I found €3,500 worth of heroin on the ground... and that was it for me"
We spent an afternoon at Merchant’s Quay Ireland, which provides assistance to drug users in Dublin.
"There are people dying injecting themselves. I had to get the injection that brings you back to life"
At the Merchants Quay Night Café, staff and clients talk about injection centres
Progressive laws and the Dark Web are changing the lives of Irish drug users
A government report recommended the decriminalisation of small amounts of cannabis, cocaine and heroin earlier this week.
Man in serious condition after being hit by truck on Merchants Quay
The road is currently closed.
Life-saving drugs can now be given by trained members of the public
The death of Emma Sloan from an allergic reaction gave a huge impetus to the campaign.
Missing Cork teenager found safe and well
He had been missing since Wednesday.
Inside the Night Cafe: 'People are just so relieved to be indoors for the night'
Some of the people using the emergency service to avoid sleeping on the streets are strikingly young, writes Mark Kennedy.
Dublin homeless centre closes after attacks on staff
Merchants Quay has temporarily suspended its day services, and will reopen shortly.
There was a queue of people waiting to use Dublin's new homeless café when it opened last night
Merchant’s Quay runs a new night café, and its opening is due to the 20-point plan drafted up after Jonathan Corrie’s death.
Night cafe for homeless people opens in Dublin city centre
It will provide a light meal, tea/coffee, showers and clothing as well as information and advice.
'Drug that reverses heroin overdoses should be made more available'
Merchants Quay says one person dies of an overdose every day in Ireland.
Ireland has 9,615 methadone users but care plans needed to get them drug-free
The HSE said that 500 people were on methadone for more than 10 years.
My Christmas Day: ‘It’s just another day on the street for me’
‘Mike’ has no home to go to this Christmas. He describes what life is like on the streets – and how common death is.
Taoiseach to open new homeless and drugs centre as demand soars
The new Merchants Quay will be formally opened today, as staff confirm significant increase in demand.
Column: ‘Your hope goes, and that’s that’ – a homeless drug user’s story
Homeless person John speaks to about the struggle to get clean, changes in drug use, and being branded a ‘stupid junkie’.
Increased demand for Merchant's Quay Ireland homeless services
It has also seen its drugs services “stretched to capacity” as the recession impacts on people’s lives in Ireland, said its CEO.