Grant rescues Dublin charity centre

A charity centre which was due to close in two weeks has been rescued by a €200,000 emergency grant.

A charity centre which was due to close in two weeks has been rescued by a €200,000 emergency grant.

The Carmichael Centre in Dublin, which provides services and accommodation to 45 voluntary groups, said the funding from the Northern Area Health Board would allow it to continue operating until the end of the year.

The board of directors withdrew redundancy notices they had issued to staff at the centre.

Carmichael Centre chief executive Kate O’Sullivan said: “We are very pleased but it does not resolve the underlying position. We have received two emergency grants in the last six months so we are hoping to get a guarantee of multi-annual funding.”

The centre in North Brunswick Street requires €300,000 each year to pay for its staff and operational costs. It now has the €200,000 emergency grant to add to the €95,000 emergency grant it received in December.

A joint review of the centre’s budgetary needs will be carried out by the Department of Health, the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and the Eastern Regional Health Authority.

Ms O’Sullivan said she was confident the centre had a very strong case for dedicated funding.

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