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Six Clare groups to receive combined €186k in COVID-19 stability fund

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€186,000 in funding has been ringfenced for community and voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in Clare.

Forming part of an overall €11m package from the third tranche of the Government’s COVID-19 stability fund it will see six different organisations across the county benefit. Those selected have been chosen having witnessed a significant drop in income during the pandemic.

Clarecare Ltd (€74,1994), Sláinte an Chláir Clare Cancer Support (€58,298), East Clare Community Co-op Society (€33,206), Crusheen Community Centre CLG (€9,539), Clare Suicide Bereavement Support (€5,751) and Kildysart Community Forum Limited (€5,218) are the groups to have been awarded the funding.

According to Clare TD, Joe Carey (FG), “It is only right that we support them. Many of them have been experiencing short term cash flow issues due to the COVID-19 crisis and this funding will help with that”.

Fellow Government TD, Cathal Crowe (FF) believed the selected groups were “worthy projects”. He flagged, “Two of the county’s biggest health support organisations, Sláinte an Chláir and Clarecare, have received a combined €132,000, to help them continue to provide the essential services they are so renowned for.

“These one-off cash injections will help with short term cash flow issues caused by the COVID-19 crisis. The work of all of these organisations is more critical now than ever before, as we navigate these uncertain times,” Crowe added.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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