Tuesday July 7, 2020

Wheel of misfortune

The government’s latest barrage of spending cuts is likely to target thousands of social and voluntary bodies working with some of the poorest sectors of Irish society, writes Pat Leahy, Political Editor

29th May, 2010

As the government prepares to embark on the next round of sp ending cuts, officials believe the axe will fall heaviest on the thousands of social and voluntary organisations in some of the poorest communities across the country.

There are more than 6,000 voluntary and community organisations in Ireland, receiving a cumulative €1.89 billion in public funding. This is about the same as it costs to run the Gardaí and the prison service this year.

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