LGBT Helpline must be saved – O’Loughlin

Published on: 24 July 2017

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Equality Fiona O’Loughlin TD has called on the Government to set aside the necessary resources to save a LGBT Helpline which has been threatened with closure due to funding cutbacks.

The LGBT Helpline will cease to operate on July 31st should the necessary funding not be allocated to it. The issue arises due to concerns raised over the management of GLEN.

Deputy O’Loughlin said, “The LGBT Helpline has been undertaking stellar work for many years. It has provided an invaluable service to the LGBT community and has worked to promote inclusion. It has recently come to my attention that the Helpline is facing closure due to problems it is experiencing in securing funding. This is a deeply unfortunate situation and I believe the Government needs to step in to allow the service to continue to operate in the months ahead.

“The funding necessary to allow this service continue operating is relatively small in the grand scheme of things. It’s annual budget is approximately €132,000 of which €88,000 comes from Pobal and the remaining €44,000 from the HSE. The allocation of €22,000 would give the organisation breathing space to allow it continue operating beyond July 31st and successfully apply for additional funding. The Government needs to make this a reality.

“The LGBT Helpline is an important service and every effort should be made to allow it to continue operating. The Government needs to do the decent thing and intervene in this situation,” concluded Deputy O’Loughlin.

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