Government Should Formalise a HSE COVID-19 Trust for Philanthropic Donations – Troy

Published on: 12 April 2020

Fianna Fáil Business Spokesperson, Robert Troy has called on the Government to formalise a HSE COVID-19 Trust for philanthropists and companies to donate to.

The call came after several companies contacted Deputy Troy looking for direction on how they could donate to the frontline effort.

Deputy Troy said: “I have written to Minister Harris and to Paul Reid, CEO HSE to see how this could be formalised”.

“While many businesses are going through financial difficulty, there are companies and philanthropists that would like to help out at this time. The problem they are facing is there is no centralised fund to donate to that goes directly to services, supplies and supports of the HSE frontline staff dealing with COVID-19”.

“I understand there are several smaller GoFundMe pages set up, however considering the size of the challenges facing the HSE and our country now, we believe a central fund needs to be established. This would give confidence that donations are going to the broader effort and to the frontline”.

“The fight against COVID-19 is a huge struggle and will be extremely resource-intensive, that is why we need to accept all the help that is on offer from the private sector”.

“I know every person in Ireland feels indebted to our frontline staff and the HSE and some may want to contribute in the only way they can now,” concluded Deputy Troy.