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#HaveYourSay: Have recent revelations put you off donating to charities?

Tomás Heneghan

Published 04/07/2016 | 16:46

Following recent revelations concerning suicide bereavement charity Console, asked members of the public what they make of the controversy and whether it had impacted on their faith in Irish charities.

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One woman told “Charities rely on voluntary contributions, you know, most of their money is made up by that way, so it would have to have a huge impact on them, I would think anyway.”

Another man said the controversy has “absolutely” affected his faith in the charity sector in Ireland.

However he added: “I wouldn’t like it to stop me from giving some money to charities, but I’d have to be very much more careful.”

One man who told he himself is involved with a charity disagreed, saying the Console controversy has “absolutely not” shaken his faith in Irish charities.

He explained: “I think the charity system here, the way it works, there has been cases like you said with Console and Paul Kelly and stuff, it’s terrible but charities are really genuine, a lot of charities are.”

He added: “There should be some sort of board set up in the country – I don’t know if there is at the moment – to monitor these charities, make sure that the funds are actually going to places where they need to go.”

A second woman also said the controversy had “absolutely” impacted on how she views charities now. She added: “I wouldn’t trust giving my money over to a charity until I was sure of where it was actually going to.”

Another woman explained: “With what’s happened recently in the news and previously I would be quite sceptical giving to charities I don’t know where my money’s essentially going to go or is it going to go to the right people?”

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