KILDARE’s credit unions are feeling the pressure from the economic and legal climate but eleven them have taken action to fight back.
They are being backed in their efforts by Kildare footballer Johnny Doyle.
“The community needs to be as strong as ever. Everyone knows someone who is struggling or needs help,” said Mr Doyle.
The newly launched campaign includes a slogan competition and a new website: www.cokildarecus.ie
Footballer Doyle said he was honoured to help.“I’ve been a life long member of my own credit union so I was delighted to be ask to front the campaign in Kildare.”
Kildare’s unions, with a 100 staff and 200 unpaid volunteers, have over 126,000 members. The eleven have €264m in savings and loans of €121m. Promoting credit union co-operation, the group is feeling the stress. “We are under severe pressure and several threats, inclduing from insolvency and fitness and probity legislation. Hopefully, we will stay safe,” said volunteers,Helen McManus and Breda Brophy, chairperson, Chapter 7.
- Henry Bauress