Irish firms gave €16.7m to charity in 2011

Irish companies donated €16.7 to charity and community groups last year.

The funds were raised by 43 socially-minded firms in 2011.

Health causes were the most popular, generating €5m in donations, while €3m was given to community projects.

Educational causes received €2.9m in funding, while social inclusion got €2.3m and €760,000 was donated to tackling homelessness.

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