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christopher

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Irish Community Groups
« on: January 08, 2007, 10:00:30 AM »
Here is a News Items, courtesy of The Irish Post.

http://www.irishpost.co.uk

Are there any members who belong to Irish Emigrant Community Groups who have been granted assistance by the Irish Government?

Check it out, you could be eligible.

THE IRISH in Britain were this week handed a £1million-plus New Year present.

The Irish Government has announced an extra £1.34million (€2million) is to go towards helping community groups.

The money will be targetted at older people and the most vulnerable in the Irish community.

It is on top of the Díon allocation — which is this year expected to reach record levels.

Irish Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern said the money demonstrated the government’s commitment to helping Irish emigrants who had fallen on hard times.

He said: “At this season I am delighted to make a further €2million available to Irish organisations in Britain working with our most vulnerable citizens.

“My particular priority has been to ensure that this additional support is targeted to services for our older and most vulnerable community in Britain.”

Earlier this year the department allocated £8million for emigrant groups in Britain, America and Australia — an increase of 45 per cent on 2005.

Next year funding is expecting to reach £10.1million with the bulk of the money going to organisations in Britain. Mr Ahern said: “We have a clear responsibility to this section of our community at all times. “In pursuit of this our package of grants will provide substantial additional funding to Irish clubs and centres across Britain specifically for this purpose.”

The extra money was welcomed by Irish community leaders across Britain.

A substantial part of the funding package will go to Irish organisations in Britain to develop top-class facilities for local communities.

They include the Emerald Centre in Leicester, Tyneside Irish Centre, Haslingden Davitt Irish Democratic League Club and Eastleigh and District Irish Society.

Other organisations to benefit include Cricklewood Homeless Concern, Coventry Irish Society, Birmingham Irish Community Forum, Leeds Irish Centre, Liverpool’s John Mitchell GAA Club and Milton Keynes Irish Centre.

Mr Ahern said: “This year’s unprecedented level of funding for organisations assisting vulnerable members of our community in Britain — particularly the older members — is a clear reflection of the government’s strong commitment to the welfare and enhancement of our people abroad.

“We are determined to maintain and develop this unprecedented level of support in future years.”

The amount of cash allocated by the Irish Government for community groups in Britain has increased substantially in recent years and is now at its highest level ever.