Thursday 23 February 2017

Catholics will be suspicious over timing of Accord decision

Michael Kelly

Bishop Kevin Doran said it “remains to be seen whether this is part of a wider policy of the Government”
Bishop Kevin Doran said it “remains to be seen whether this is part of a wider policy of the Government”

The timing could hardly have been shoddier for the Government: a revelation that the Catholic agency Accord has had all funding for pre-marriage courses axed.

Bizarrely, the grant withdrawal is back-dated to January. This means the organisation has already spent a considerable amount of money based on the assumption of State funding it has received for the past 20 years - even during the worst of the economic crisis.

Days earlier, Fianna Fáil TD Colm Keaveney had tweeted that the issue of Catholic agencies being starved of funding if they don't support same-sex marriage "has become prominent on the door" during his canvass for a 'Yes' vote.

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