HSE denies refuge cut claims

The HSE has denied claims that vital funds to run a women’s refuge centre in Kildare will be not be available.

The HSE has denied claims that vital funds to run a women’s refuge centre in Kildare will be not be available.

Teach Tearmainn, which was established 12 years ago and relies heavily on funding from the HSE (Health Service Executive), is due to open the state-of-the-art Women’s refuge and sports centre in Kildare Town this November. It will cost an estimated E400,000 a year to run.

A spokesperson for the HSE confirmed that there will be no funds available for the new development until next year, which may force Teach Tearmainn to delay the opening until January.

Manager Jacinta Carey claims she was informed by the HSE that there would be no funding at all for the running of the new facility, however the HSE has since stated to the Leinster Leader that it “is actively considering how to support Teach Tearmainn in relation to the newly developed refuge.”

Ms Carey welcomed the news but said: “This is at a time when demand for our service has increased and over 50 percent of our new referrals are coming from state agencies at the same time as the state reduce our funding.”

In response the HSE confirmed that they are “still in discussions” in relation to the grant payable for Teach Tearmainn for 2012, but confirmed that it will reflect the “current economic situation”.