Rape Crisis Centre services in Nenagh are to cease for at least one month because of a financial shortfall in the workings of the Midwest Rape Crisis Centre in Limerick.
The Nenagh office operates as part of theoverall Rape Crisis Centre network in the region.
A statement on its website described the its financial situation as at a critical point.
“We are part funded by the Child and Family Agency and like many other charities, have experienced significant cutbacks over the last number of years. There is no reasonable prospect of meeting our shortfall, estimated to be in the region of €120,000 in the entire Midwest. The current fundraising programme in place will not satisfy that shortfall.
“We regrettably have been forced to implement cost saving measures, including a decision to temporarily close the Clare and Tipperary service for at least one month and possibly more. In addition, we have had to implement similar measures in Limerick and will only be in a position to offer a skeletal and limited service over the coming months.
“This is a decision that we have not taken lightly and has come on the back of additional significant cost saving measures over the last number of years.
“We are appealing to the public to help fund the centres and to donate to us,” the centre sais.
The decision has been attacked by local election candidate Cllr Seamus Morris, commenting on the overall state of the health services in this region, said: “The decision by the Midwest Rape Crisis centre to close their offices temporarily in Nenagh and Ennis while highly trained staff take a month’s unpaid leave is only the tip of the ice berg.”