About Us

The East Coast Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force (ECRDATF) is one of ten Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Forces (RDATFs) in Ireland that were set up in 2003 “to strengthen existing partnerships in and with communities and build new partnerships to tackle the problems of drug misuse” using the co-ordination framework of Regional DATFs (RDATFs) as one of its key elements. It remains important, therefore, that RDATFs operate effectively at regional and community level with clear objectives in accordance with appropriate principles. The RDATFs are guided by the principles of propriety; responsiveness; transparency; accountability; efficiency and effectiveness; and partnership. The ECRDATF and its sub-structures bring together members representing the community, voluntary and statutory sectors, public representatives, and key interest groups to co-ordinate a collective and integrated response to substance misuse across the East Coast Region.

This partnership work is carried out under key goals as identified in the National Drug & Alcohol Strategy, Reducing Harm Supporting Recovery: A health-led response to drug & alcohol use in Ireland 2017-2025. The Terms of Reference of Drugs and Alcohol Task Forces are:

To coordinate the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy in the context of the needs of the region/local area.

To implement the actions of the National Drugs Strategy where Task Forces have been assigned a role.

To promote the implementation of evidence-based local/regional drug and alcohol strategies and to exchange best practice.

To support and strengthen community-based responses to drug and alcohol misuse.

To maintain an up-to-date overview on the nature and extent of drug and alcohol misuse in the area/region.

To identify and report on emerging issues and advocate for the development of policies or actions needed to address the problems.

To monitor, evaluate and assess the impact of the funded projects and their continued relevance to the local/regional drugs task force strategy and to recommend changes in the funding allocations as deemed necessary.

If you wish to enquire about the Task Force and its operation, please contact the Coordinator:

Maeve Shanley
HSE Offices,
Block B Civic centre,
Bray, Co. Wicklow

+353 (0)1 2744132

ECRDATF Committee members

Frank Gallagher


Dolores Goucher

Deputy Chairperson,
Community Representative,
Wicklow town and surrounds

Tommy Annesley, Cllr

Elected Representative,
Wicklow County Council

Eileen Brassington

Community Representative,
Greystones and surrounds

Shiela Busher

Community Representative,
Arklow and surrounds

Ann Marie O'Leary

Community Representative,
Avoca and surrounds

Michelle Byrne, Insp

Statutory Representative,
An Garda Síochána

John Craven

Statutory Representative,
HSE Addiction Services

Fiona Creedon

Youth Officer KWETB

Heather Howell

Voluntary Services Representative,
Dublin Simon/Wicklow County Council

Phil Thompson

Voluntary Services Representative,

Peir Leonard, Cllr

Elected Representative,
Wicklow County Council

Niall O’Shea

Finance Lead/Advisor

John Snell, Cllr

Elected Representative,
Wicklow County Council

Aisling Hubbard

Voluntary Representative,
Wicklow Sports Partnership

Deborah Jordan

Development Worker

Maeve Shanley

DATF Coordinator

Kay O'Connor

Social Inclusion Manager
(SICAP - Social Inclusion and Community Integration Programme)

Treatment and Recovery Group Members

Phil Thompson

Chairperson/Tiglin Services Manager

Anne Bolger


Lisa Dickinson

Under 18's Project Worker Wicklow Child and Family Project

Deborah Jordan

ECRDATF Development Worker

Rebecca Mullen

Living Life Counselling,
Centre Manager

Shane Von Metzradt

MQI CRIS Project

William Peelo

Arklow Family Resource Centre (Springboard)

Tracy Redmond

Under 18's Support Worker,
Arklow Family Resource Centre (Springboard)

Maeve Shanley

ECRDATF HSE Coordinator

Jenny Smith

Wicklow Child and Family Project

Angela Tierney

HSE Rehabilitation Manager


East Coast Regional Drugs and Alcohol Task Force

HSE Offices, Block B Civic Centre, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland

Phone: +353 (0)1 2744132 Fax: +353 (0)1 2744280 Email: info@ecrdatf.ie