Man loses case over funding cuts to heroin centre


A recovering heroin addict has lost his legal battle over funding cuts at a Co Antrim treatment centre.

Charles Boyle, 38, was challenging the Department of Justice’s decision to reduce financial support which at one stage left the Railway Street Addiction Service facing closure.

But High Court judge Mr Justice Treacy yesterday rejected claims that the move was unlawful due to an alleged failure consult with him and others who use the facilities in Ballymena.

Although the centre was expected to shut last year, it has since secured enough resources to continue running for another two years.

However, services at the clinic are expected to be scaled back.