He was commenting as Merchant’s Quay in Dublin yesterday lodged an appeal against Dublin City Council’s rejection of plans for a supervised injection centre in Dublin 8.
Such a facility for Cork and Dublin were contained in the plans for government in 2016. But the Dublin plans were rejected by Dublin City Council two weeks ago, with the possible impact on tourism in the area cited as one of the reasons for the rejection. The decision will impact on the timescale for such a facility in Cork, as the Dublin centre was to be a pilot for other such projects in Ireland.
According to the HSE, there is no timeframe for a Cork centre.
Mr Finn said the location of an injection centre in Cork is likely to result in a debate and opposition but he stressed that it is required to provide a safe place for heroin addicts.
He said it would also reduce the risk of drug litter such as syringes being found in public areas.