A RAPE CRISIS centre has revealed how it was forced to turn people away due to a lack of space.
The Galway Rape Crisis Centre was struggling to meet demand in its premises last year, requiring it to move to a facility three times bigger.
Officially opening the new premises last night, the GRCC said it still had a six- month waiting list, with more than 40 people waiting for long term counselling.
The new offices were officially opened by Druid Theatre founder Garry Hynes who said she was "honoured" to become patron of the group. "I'm really humbled because whatever little I can do for the group by being patron is nothing compared to the wonderful work they are doing every day," she said.
In 2011, 671 people contacted GRCC for help, one-third of whom sought long term counselling. The new building has 12 counselling rooms.
GRCC maintains a 24 hour/365 day service.