A staggering 48,000 signatures, collected by campaigners for a permanent detox centre in Derry, were handed over at Derry’s Guildhall this afternoon.
The petition was presented in the same week that it was announced that more beds would be made available at an addiction treatment facility in Omagh, with no plans to locate a sought after facility in Derry.
The signatures will be presented to officials at Stormont on Monday by Foyle MLA Pat Ramsey.
Independent Councillor Dee Quigley, who spearheaded the campaign following the death of his nephew Andrew Quigley, said the news that Derry was not being considered as the site for a new centre was “devastating.”
“We feel that our campaign has been worthwhile and that it’s something the community in Derry and the North West have taken to their hearts. People have come out very clearly here and shown us their support and we want to know what exactly is going on in Stormont. The reason this was handed to Pat Ramsey
People want to know why the announcement made this week didn’t favour Derry as a location for these beds where they are desperately needed.
“Our city is crying out for this service, and will continue to cry out for it. I see this as the start of our campaign,” Colr. Quigley added.
See more on this story in Friday’s Derry Journal.