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Thursday 2 October 2014

Charities will shed jobs after wind-up

Eilish O'Regan Health Correspondent

Published 23/01/2014 | 02:30

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Charities are suffering declining income
Charities are suffering declining income

A LARGE number of charities – some of which were individually getting more than €400,000 annually in "compensation" payments – will lose out and shed staff due to the wind-up of the Charitable Lotteries Fund.

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Although Rehab has consistently topped the table for payouts – getting more than €2.5m this year – other charities like Irish language organisation Gael Linn will receive €319,194 and the Asthma Society of Ireland will get €240,000.

The Irish Cancer Society and the Asthma Society of Ireland have both announced they will stop selling scratch cards due to declining profits.

Figures obtained by the Irish Independent reveal, however, that smaller organisations, such as Gael Linn, managed to make higher profits in their lottery operations than Rehab's €9,500.

"We had close on €800,000 in sales in 2012 and our profit was around €70,000," said Antoine O Coilean of Gael Linn.

"The money from the Charitable Lotteries Fund is is addition to to €70,000," he explained.

Other recipients include the Hanly Centre in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, (€127,866) and the Irish Cancer Society (€124,891).

LOSSES

A spokeswoman for the Irish Cancer Society said it has run a lottery since the 1960s and was affected by the launch of the National Lottery in 1986.

"Between 2009 and 2013 the cumulative loss was €420,000. During the same period, however, income from the Charitable Lotteries Fund meant that there was no loss in income to the society. The funding received by the society from the scheme during this same period was €1.2m."

She said, however, that given the increased losses, in November the society decided to close the lottery with the loss of two jobs.

The Asthma Society of Ireland said it was hit by competition by the National Lottery. "We've become reliant on annual allocation and without this we would not have been able to continue with the services we provide," a spokeswoman said.

Irish Independent

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