Don't punish sick children in row over pay
* By the end of 2013 the Children's Medical and Research Foundation, an independent voluntary charity, will have made grants totalling about €17m for the period 2011-2013 to Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin. We rely totally on the generosity of the donating public, who have shown magnificent support to the cause for almost 50 years.
I wish to state unambiguously that not one cent of this has gone to pay top-ups or any salaries in the hospital.
We are dedicated to helping sick children, and their families, through the provision of funding for improvements to hospital infrastructure such as the new Children's Heart Centre, the new Cancer Ward (St John's), equipment and patient/parent well-being , and through supporting critical paediatric research at The National Children's Research Centre (its grants also amount to €17m over 2011-2013).