Independent TD Mattie McGrath has condemned in the strongest possible terms the failure of both the HSE and Government to provide adequate levels of funding to Women’s Refuges around the Country. Deputy McGrath was speaking after it emerged that the scale of the crisis among groups and refuges trying to offer shelter is putting the welfare of women and children at serious risk:
“This is simply appalling. My office has been in direct contact with Cuan Saor Refuge in Clonmel concerning the devastating impact caused by lack of funding and resources and the picture that is emerging is worse than we had imagined.
Cuan Saor’s Core funding has decreased by €110,000 since 2010. I am informed by Geraldine Mullane, the Project Leader in Clonmel that because of the huge increase in referrals to their service Cuan Saor has been unable to accommodate 212 women and 256 children in 2011 and 163 women and 194 children this year.”