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Bill Malarkey joins Department of Home Affairs 21 October 2008

DHA Minister Adrian Earnshaw with Bill MalarkeyDOUGLAS South MHK Bill Malarkey says he is relishing the challenge of his new political position at the Department of Home Affairs.

Mr Malarkey has been tasked with supporting the work of the Chief Minister’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy. His appointment was announced by Chief Minister Tony Brown MHK on Monday afternoon. Mr Malarkey will work in partnership with Home Affairs Minister Adrian Earnshaw MHK and director of drug and alcohol policy and research Margaret O’Reilly.

His core objectives include the promotion of greater parental and community responsibility towards alcohol use and research into more effective methods of controlling drinking among young people. The 57-year-old father of three will also spearhead efforts to ensure an open and informed debate into the Island’s future drugs policy, including options to minimise drug use, treat addiction and reduce associated crime.

Mr Malarkey, who was elected to the House of Keys in 2006, said:

‘I am delighted to accept this opportunity to join a very challenging division of the Department of Home Affairs. There is a dedicated, professional and dynamic team in place and I am sure we will work in close partnership to build on the progress that is being achieved by the Chief Minister’s Drug and Alcohol Strategy. This is an area that I am particularly passionate about and I intend to play a full part in the drive to safeguard the Manx community from problems associated with the misuse of drugs and alcohol. Numerous government agencies and voluntary organisations work together under the umbrella of the Strategy and I look forward to meeting the people at the forefront of those efforts.’

The Chief Minister’s appointment was welcomed by DHA Minister Adrian Earnshaw who said:

‘I am sure Mr Malarkey will settle in quickly and support the Drug and Alcohol Strategy with great conviction.’

Margaret O’Reilly added:

‘Mr Malarkey has taken an active interest in our work and his ideas and enthusiasm will be a valuable asset in the campaign to promote a greater understanding of drug and alcohol-related issues.’

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