€10m in grants to Irish groups in Britain


The Government has granted almost €10 million to Irish community groups in Britain.

Some 130 organisations in the voluntary sector that work with the Irish community in Britain will receive funding totalling €9.89 million (Stg£6.67 million) as part of a Government effort to support services that help the more vulnerable members of the Irish community.

Groups who qualified for funding include organisations that help the elderly, the homeless and people affected by illness or substance misuse problems, as well as services for the Traveller community.

Announcing the grants today, Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern said: "Assisting the older members of our community in Britain is a clear priority. Many of the organisations receiving funding this year cater for the elderly, ranging from informal community networking groups for senior citizens to professional organisations that offer a range of services." "These grant allocations are a clear reflection of the Government's strong commitment to the welfare and enhancement of our community in Britain. We are determined to maintain and develop this substantial level of support in future years".