Derry rally for Detox services

Sinn Féin Councillor Emma McGinley speaking at the rally for a Detox centre in Derry yesterday at the Guildhall Square.
She said  “A chairde,
For those who don’t know me, I am the new Sinn Féin Councillor for the Moor Ward. 
Firstly I would like to recognise Tamzin for the work she has put into driving this campaign. 
The strength and determination that you have shown, whilst facing the most difficult of circumstances – after losing family members who have battled addiction- particularly your mammy, Louise, is not only courageous, but also inspiring to us all. 
It is no secret that the number of people facing issues with addiction and mental health in the city and district is high and on the rise. 
As Tamzin’s campaign highlights, very few families are untouched by addiction.
So, there is a need for increased services to support and investment to help those who find themselves battling addiction and their family members.
It isn’t good enough that people are forced to wait weeks, months and even years for help or that loved ones have to leave the City and their families for detox services.
My party colleague, Karen Mullan MLA, has been working alongside Tamzin, and Emmett and many others in the push for this campaign.  
In March this year, Karen presented the petition launched by Tazmin calling for addiction services to the Health Minister Robin Swann. This petition was signed by over 8000 people and shows the clear demand and need for services. Numerous meetings have now been held with the Minister and WHSCT, we now need to see action and steps being taken to address and provide the support and medical treatments required for a holistic approach to battling addiction.
This campaign is testament to what can happen when people work together – and as a new councillor I will do whatever I can to assist this campaign. 
We all need to work together and I look forward to working with Tamzin, to ensure these services are delivered for the people of this city.
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