A Dublin TD has been named the new Minister for Drugs Strategy.
Aodhan O’Riordan takes over the brief, which hasn't had anyone in charge for ten months.
He says he's proud to be trusted with the job, and admits that it's an issue very close to his heart.
The TD for Dublin Bay and Clontarf will also continue to fly the flag for minorities, in his role as Equality Minister.
Proud to be trusted with responsibility for National Drugs Strategy - an issue very close to my heart & a scourge in our society. @labour
— Aodhán Ó Ríordáin TD (@AodhanORiordain) April 23, 2015
On his first day in the job, Aodhan O’Riordan is being told by addiction groups that it's important he "hit the ground running".
The Ana Liffey Drug Project has told 98FM that it hopes the Junior Minister will remove barriers for people with addiction issues.
Spokesperson Tony Duffin said that the group is "working with people with poly-use drug use problems. They may be taking things like heroin, high-strength cannabis, benzodiazepines... and we need services that can cope with that".
The Government has been under pressure to make a Junior Minister responsible for Drug Strategy since the position became vacant ten months ago.
Dublin's Lord Mayor, Christy Burke, previously said that "everyone with an addiction has the right to recovery. Nobody woke up one morning and said: ‘I’m going to become a heroin addict or a cocaine addict, so bring it on."