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Chair Paul Reid calls on public to continue to make submissions ahead of 30th June deadline

6 June 2023 – The Chairperson of the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use, Paul Reid, has called on members of the public, community and stakeholder groups, and others to make submissions to the Assembly ahead of the deadline at the end of June.

Mr Reid issued this reminder at the halfway point of the two-month window for public submissions that opened at the start of May. To date over 400 submissions have been received, all of which will be shared with each of the 99 members of the Citizens’ Assembly on Drugs Use.

The Assembly has held two formal meetings in April and May concentrating on the personal experience on drugs use and its impact on individuals, families, emergency services, and communities. The next meeting of the Assembly will take place 24th and 25th June and will focus on how the health and community sectors manage and deal with the issue of drugs use.

Speaking about the submissions process, Assembly Chair Paul Reid said, “There has already been significant interest in the work of this Assembly reflected through the over 400 submissions received to date. It is clear that many people have strong views on what should, or should not, be done to address the important issue of drugs use. I would like to remind anyone interested in making a submission that the closing date of the 30 June is fast approaching.”

The consultation process offers stakeholders and the wider public an opportunity to engage with the Citizens’ Assembly. This engagement has been an important feature of each Citizens’ Assembly to date and has helped ensure that a wide range of voices and viewpoints are represented.

Submissions can be made, in written or video format via

The process is open for submissions until Friday 30 June 2023.


For more info contact Q4 Public Relations, Sabrina D’Angelo 086 032 3397 / Lorna Gardiner 086 076 1374