Friday 24 November 2017

Letters to the Editor: Charities do HSE work

Madam – A few comments on Brendan O'Connor's article (Sunday Independent, November 24, 2013) and the strange intersection of State and charity in this country.

At last, at long last someone has said in print what very many people have been saying for a long time, namely that most domestic Irish charities are performing functions that should be performed by the HSE. Could we call for a piece of research to see just how many charities are doing that?

Has anyone ever asked why people (a lot of them parents of sick children) feel compelled to set up charities in the first instance? Let's find out just how many charities have been set up by parents. Let's ask them why.

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