Sunday 24 September 2017

Patients' groups get grants back

Alan Kelly TD. Picture: Tom Burke
Alan Kelly TD. Picture: Tom Burke
Eilish O'Regan

Eilish O'Regan

A NUMBER of patient support groups whose future was in jeopardy due to a loss of €1.3m in state grants, will have their funding restored for a year.

Environment Minister Alan Kelly announced the U-turn yesterday, saying the Scheme to Support National Organisations is to be reviewed.

A spokesman said he could not say where the money was being found, other than it was coming from the "department's overall resources".

The grants, ranging from €29,000 to €74,000, are being restored to 23 of the original 26 organisations.

Two of the three who were left out had not made applications and another had missed the deadline.

Around 155 organisations had applied for funding under the scheme and 55 were successful. The omission of so many who had previously received the grants came as a shock.

Mr Kelly said: "While I am restoring the funding to these organisations . . . it is essential that that time is used to find a more long-term sustainable solution to the funding problems of these organisations."

Irish Independent

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