Health groups share €3.3m in Lottery grants
ALMOST €3.3m in grants was shared among voluntary organisations last year under the Department of Health's National Lottery Discretionary Fund.
The money went to 140 organisations providing a range of health-related benefits.
While the same amount was allocated under the scheme last year, the overall grants are down €700,000 on three years ago.
The biggest beneficiary was mental health support group, Shine, which received €185,000. The next highest award was €150,000, granted to three organisations, the Irish Kidney Association; The West of Ireland Alzheimer Foundation in Ballindine, Co Mayo, and Build4Life Cystic Fibrosis in Castleisland, Co Kerry.
There were five allocations of €100,000 each to organisations including the Brothers of Charity Services in Co Clare; The Cystic Fibrosis Association of Ireland; and the Mater Foundation.