CLDATF Board Membership

Role of Drugs Task Force Members

The Drugs Task Forces are given a key role by the Government in responding to the drug problem. Their composition reflects the need to ensure locally-based responses that complement existing or planned drug programmes and services. In this context, the part played by individual Drugs Task Force members in representing their particular agencies or sectors is pivotal to the success of the initiative and demands active participation in all the Drugs Task Force’s work, including decision-making. The establishment of the DTFs gives the statutory, community and voluntary sectors, as well as public representatives, a unique opportunity to work together in preparing and implementing an integrated strategy to address the issues relating to drug use & misuse. This requires the development of shared values, which promote co-operation and collaboration. For this to happen, however, it is important that all involved are clear as to their roles and responsibilities.


Mr. Gerry Raftery Chairperson Independent
Cllr Michael Nugent Cork City Council Public
Cllr John Buttimer Cork City Council Public
Cllr John Sheehan Cork City Council Public
Cllr Mary Shields Cork City Council Public
Mr. Tom Carey Community Representative (South Central) Community
Mr. Aaron O’Connell Community Representative (Minority Groups) Community
Mr. Donal Counihan Community Representative (Southwest) Community
Vacant Community Representative (Northwest) Community
Vacant Community Representative  (Northeast) Community
Vacant Community Representative (North central) Community
Ms. Grainne O’Connell Community Representative (Southeast) Community
Mr. Tony Power Cork City Council (Social Inclusion) Statutory
Ms. Edel Cunningham Cork Prison Statutory
Mr. Mick Finn Cork ETB Statutory
Vacant Cork ETB Statutory
Mr. David Lane HSE Co-Ordinator of Drug and Alcohol Services Statutory
Vacant Department of Social Protection Statutory
Sgt. Ben Flahive Garda Siochana (Juvenile Liaison) Statutory
Insp. Vincent O’Sullivan Garda Siochana (Drugs Squad) Statutory
Ms. Sinead O’ Connell Probation Services Statutory
Vacant Liaison Person-DPU DPU
Mr. Declan O’Leary Foroige Voluntary Youth
Vacant Voluntary Cluster Voluntary
Ms. Kate Gibney Co-Ordinator Southern Regional Drugs Task Force SRDATF