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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