THE PRINCIPAL RECOMMENDATIONS
A COMMUNITY TASK FORCE
We recommend that a Community task Force be established for Longford Town initially, to oversee this action plan over a minimum period of three years. Also to evaluate the effects of this action plan on the locality and to make whatever changes are necessary to make the action plan more effective. This Task Force should report in the first instance to the Forum for Longford and thereafter to the Longford Urban District Council and the Midland Health Board.
We recommend that the schools in our locality continue to provide a comprehensive course of alcohol and drug education as part of their curriculum. That course, specific to Longford, be drawn up by local teachers and implemented in the schools in a co-ordinated fashion in consultation with the statutory agencies.
THE ROLE OF PARENTS
We recommend that information and parenting programmes continue to be made available and further developed in Longford. Community and Special interest groups would take the responsibility for the implementation of such programmes.
We recommend that education back-up including facilities be provided to early school leavers in pre-school education and remedial education and that greater liaison takes place between schools to deal with the problem of early school leavers
THE GARDA RESPONSE
We recommend that the Gardai continue to implement existing legislation relating to alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs in our locality and continue to liase with the community to provide an effective response to dealing with problems when they arise.
THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL AUTHORITY
We recommend that Longford Urban District Council play an active role in the fight against drug abuse in Longford Town, by using its powers under Housing Legislation and as a housing authority to implement effective Estate Management Practices:
THE NEEDS OF YOUNG PEOPLE
We recommend that a mechanism be put in place to give young people a voice in the future of their community by the formation of a youth council in Longford.
COORDINATION OF FACILITIES FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
We recommend that resources be provided locally to ensure the proper use of facilities beneficial to young people. The establishing of a sport forum to co-ordinate the activities of the various sport groups and organisations in the town. To promote the involvement of young people in arts and drama and the encouragement and promotion of youth clubs and organisations for young people.
A YOUTH CENTRE
We recommend that the newly established Youth Centre be developed to cater for the needs of young people in the locality.
We recommend that information on the abuse of alcohol, tobacco and illegal drugs be made widely available locally, together with information on the support services available both locally and nationally to asist young people and their families.