Addiction services to remain in place in Limerick despite closure of ALJEFF

CRUCIAL services provided by the anti addiction charity ALJEFF are to be taken over by a new agency, it has been confirmed.

CRUCIAL services provided by the anti addiction charity ALJEFF are to be taken over by a new agency, it has been confirmed.

ALJEFF, the charity which delivered services to those with addiction problems and their families in Limerick City, has been formally placed in liquidation.

But following the creditors meeting, it was confirmed that those who relied on the Ballysimon Road-based charity for help will continue to avail of the service - through an agency appointed by the Mid-West Drugs Task Force.

Chairman of the drugs task force Michael Lacey said that once it was confirmed ALJEFF could no longer continue, they moved to tender out the project to a new agency.

The results of the tender are in, but he said that due to commercial sensitivies he cannot disclose who the sucessful bidder is. “The main thing is we hope to get back up and running as soon as possible. There will be a continuation of service provided as soon as possible. We are just completing the paperwork, and we expect a full outline in the coming week,” Mr Lacey told the Limerick Leader.

Liquidator Michael Corrigan, of BDO was appointed to ALJEFF at a creditors meeting. The meeting was attended by more than 30 people, including representatives of the HSE.

However, representatives for ALJEFF have confirmed that there were no creditors, aside from staff being owed small amounts of redundancy money.

Just before Christmas, ALJEFF directors took the decision to wind up the charity after it’s funding from the Mid-West Drugs Task Force was cut by some €260,000. Chairman Pat O’Sullivan said had ALJEFF continued trading, it would have been irresponsible.

“There was very little we could do. We did not have the funds to go into this year, and we would have failed in our duty as directors if we had continued to trade. This left us in a veery difficult situation. Also, we had long term contracts which we inherited, which meant we could not exit our overheads beyond a certain level,” he explained.

ALJEFF’s was set up in the year 2000 in response to a growing need for services to combat a growth in serious addiction and substance-related suicide.

Its unique name was inspired by Alan and Jeffery Roche, two brothers who took their own lives within days of each other as a result of alcohol and other drug abuse.

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