€20m spent on child abuse groups

OVER €20 million of taxpayers’ money has been spent funding organisations set up to help those who suffered abuse in residential institutions.

According to the Department of Health and Children, 11 organisations dealing with abuse victims received €20.5 million in the past three years.

The biggest beneficiary is the National Counselling Service which receives €6 million a year. The organisation, set up in 2000 to provide counselling to any adult who experienced abuse in childhood, has so far received a total of €18 million.

The second largest recipient is the organisation Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy, based in Britain. It has received €1.2 million in the past three years.

The One in Four organisation, headed by Colm O’Gorman, has received €633,000 for its work in Britain and Ireland.

The group, which is run by and assists people who have been sexually abused, earlier this year defended the projected annual cost of salaries for its seven core staff members for 2003.

In its submission to the Department of Health and Children, One in Four projected the cost of salaries for its seven core staff at €1.068 million over the next three years.

This does not include additional staff expenses, including training, estimated at a further €240,000 over the three years. Figures released show director Colm O’Gorman is paid €80,000 per annum.

The Cork-based Right of Place organisation has received approximately €400,000 to date.

The group also received £1.1 million in State grants for a purpose-built complex.

The Aislinn Centre, a Dublin-based support group, has received €184,279 since 2000.

Survivors of Child Abuse UK has received €26,000 in funding, while the Coventry Irish Society received funding of €5,625 in 2001.

The Galway Male Abuse Survivors Centre received €9,000 last year.

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