Teach Tearmainn was awarded €58,500 from the Department of Health Lottery funding last Thursday.
The grant will be used to furnish the apartments at the women’s refuge in Kildare to allow the facility to be fully operational in the New Year.
Jacinta Carey, manager, said Kildare’s only women’s refuge for women and children fleeing domestic violence is one step closer to opening.
“We have secured a once off grant from lottery funding which will allow us to, among other things, to furnish the apartments, thereby bringing us a step closer to the opening of the crisis care accommodation service,” she said.
“We are grateful to the Kildare T.Ds who lobbied Minister Reilly on our behalf and their continued support for the women and children of Kildare who are in need of a safe haven.”
TD for Kildare South, Martin Heydon, welcomed the announcement.
“I am delighted that an amount of €58,500, the maximum grant possible, has been awarded to Teach Tearmainn by Minister James Reilly today,” he said last Thursday. “Teach Tearmainn is Kildare’s first refuge for women and children who have suffered domestic violence and is a vital resource for the county.”
Teach Tearmainn has struggled to obtain funding since it was built, remaining unopened for many months following completion.
Contracts to open the centre in Kildare town, which has been vacant since January 2012, are to be signed this month.
It will cost €350,000 to run the state-of-the-art women’s shelter once it is opened. However the HSE agreed funding of €234,000 falls short by €120,000. This means that only two out of the four apartments will open.
“These funds are long awaited and will finally mean that all aspects of the facility including vitally, the accommodation can be brought into use for 2014,” he added.
“I would like to complement Jacinta Carey and her staff and Board of Directors at Teach Tearmainn for their commitment to this project. Despite many setbacks, they have never given up on their vision for Teach Tearmainn in Kildare.”
Homeless women and women with children can no longer stay overnight at a short-stay shelter in Newbridge run by the St Vincent De Paul (SVP) so the shelter will be the only viable option.