Wednesday 24 May 2017

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

Tomás Heneghan

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

One woman told Independent.ie: “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 Independent.ie 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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