The Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative (IBDI) recently held its first national conference in Maynooth. The theme of the Conference was- Alcohol, Drugs – Parishes Respond.’

In welcoming the delegates Bishop Eamonn Walsh said “…our initiative combines the spiritual with the practical so that our responses will address the whole person: body, mind and spirit.”

Bishop Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor was the guest speaker and he said “…here the Church addresses a tragic and disquieting element of contemporary life and empowers parish communities to respond to an evil which often seems to defy response.” John Taffee, Co-ordinator of the Initiative told Eileen Good about the response of those at the Conference.