Charity regulator must be empowered and resourced to re-build confidence in the sector - Mary Lou McDonald TD
Sinn Féin Mental Health spokesperson Mary Lou McDonald has the people who depend on charities such as console should not be the victims of the greed that has led to the winding down of the suicide bereavement charity Console.
Speaking today Deputy McDonald said;
“We learn today that the charity Console is to be wound down. This should come as no surprise, as once again, public confidence in the charity sector has taken a blow by the actions of those who would seek to exploit it.
“Our focus must not overlook those who relied upon Console or may be in a position where they must in the future. The HSE must ensure that an alternative provision of services is sorted out.
“The work of the counsellors who have worked for Console over the years and who are blameless in this whole sorry episode must also be acknowledged.
“Charities such as these play a crucial role in an Ireland where successive governments have abdicated their responsibilities in the mental health sector.
“There are hundreds of mental health charities in Ireland, most of whom rely upon public donations to provide vital services. They fear being tarred with the same brush as Console now and that that pool of donations will dry up.
“The charity regulator must be not only empowered, but adequately resourced to root out corruption in the charity sector and to restore public confidence.
“The people who depend on these services should not be the victims of such greed.”