Laneview Learning Centre in Darndale has celebrated its annual awards day, with certificates presented to the course participants by Senator Averil Power and the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Andrew Monatgue.

Laneview offers a special education and work programme for men and women who are on methadone. The range of services provided includes counselling and family therapy, as well as training in computers, literacy, drama and horticulture.

According to Senator Power, “Laneview provides an invaluable service to men and women who want to rebuild their lives and get off drugs. At the heart of its success is a strong mutual respect between the staff and participants. The harsh reality of life is that anyone of us could find ourselves or our loved ones affected by drug addiction. When someone puts their hand up and asks for help to get their life back on track, it is great that services like Laneview are there to help them”, she said.

Senator Power pointed out that it is a condition of the programme that participants reduce their reliance on methadone and some are now completely drug-free.

“The incredible progress that the participants have made was clear for all to see at the awards day”, she said. “In addition to getting certificates for their training achievements, the course participants also put on an excellent performance of an excerpt from Seán O’Casey’s Dublin masterpiece ‘The Plough and the Stars’. It was inspiring to hear people who had left school at a very young age reading difficult scenes from the play with great confidence”.

“It is important in these difficult economic times that we don’t lose sight of the need to support Laneview and other vital community education and drug rehabilitation services”, she concluded.


Front row L-R: Conal Kearney (drama director), Lord Mayor Andrew Montague, Teresa Morakinyo (Centre Manager), Senator Averil Power and Pat Hanna (Centre General Manager). Also included are Kevin Behan (Chairperson of the RASP Board), Laneview support staff and members of the Laneview Learning Players, who performed an excerpt from “The Plough and the Stars”.



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