Sunday 18 March 2018

Dozens of groups set for Tusla cuts

Tusla chief executive Gordon Jeyes said Dr Doran’s comments were utterly disingenuous
Tusla chief executive Gordon Jeyes said Dr Doran’s comments were utterly disingenuous

Dozens of organisations that provide support services for children will this year experience cuts in their funding from the Child and Family Agency Tusla, the Irish Independent understands.

Government sources say Tusla is currently communicating these cuts to the boards of the organisations which will be given an opportunity to argue against the cuts.

The revelation appears to debunk claims by 'No' campaigners in the marriage referendum that there was political motivation behind the decision to cut funding to Accord.

The Catholic Church-run agency, which offers marriage preparation courses and counselling, lost €378,000 in State funding for 2015.

The withdrawn funding was for pre-marriage courses.

Bishop of Elphin Dr Kevin Doran said it seemed that "if the State does have a commitment to marriage, as the Constitution requires it to do, it is a rather strange move to be withdrawing funding from pre-marriage preparation courses".

Tusla chief executive Gordon Jeyes said Dr Doran's comments were utterly disingenuous.

Government sources said cuts to a raft of other groups were on the cards because of budget constraints.

These include children's charity Barnardos, which has contacted Tusla asking the agency to reconsider the cuts.

Meanwhile, prominent 'No' campaigners raised concern that a US philanthropist was funding both Tusla and groups advocating a 'Yes' vote.

Independent senator Rónán Mullen suggested there was a serious conflict of interest at play as a result.

Irish Independent

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