The founder of a charity which works with parents of seriously ill children has said that the public has donated nine times the money they have received from the Government since they were set up.
A number of charity groups have in recent days revealed the challenges they are facing. Barnardos has shut its doors for a week, while the ISPCC revealed its staff are taking unpaid leave to save money.
The Jack and Jill Foundation said that closing down for a set period is not an option for them.
Chief executive Jonathan Irwin said that the charity could not survive without the public's help.
"Since I've started in 1997, we've raised from the public, €36m," he said. "We've only had €4m from the Government. That's pretty shocking."