The scoping report on crime in Drogheda published today by Minister for Justice Helen McEntee has made over 70 recommendations on short and long term responses to challenges the community faces. 

The recommendations have been made concerning crime prevention, youth services, drug addiction, education, infrastructure, and community development. 

Speaking on RTÉ's Today with Claire Byrne programme, Ms McEntee said: "There has been a lot of issues in the last few years and we have seen some high profile cases and issues with organised crime and young people being dragged into it." 

She said it is about bringing all the structures, from gardai and community members together, that will drive reform and change.

 Ms McEntee said it is important that this is then supported by Government also. 

 "Today I am publishing the recommendations but by the end of April we will have a full implementation plan." 

The scoping exercise was carried out by the former Director of the Probation Service, Mr Vivian Geiran and an implementation plan will be developed by the end of next month. 

The report identifies a number of service gaps and needs that need to be addressed in Drogheda, broadly falling under the headings of coordination needs and gaps or other needs in individual services themselves. 

It is anticipated that the €150,000 in urgent funding will be invested in drugs outreach work, counselling, family support, client progression pathways, Court-related and prisoner support and additional harm reduction services.