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Matthews welcomes funding for six Wicklow volunteer groups

Date: 13 July 2021

Green Party TD, Steven Matthews has welcomed the €162,000 funding announced for Wicklow by his party colleague, Minister Joe O’Brien as part of the latest round of funding from the national Covid stability fund. These supports were targeted at groups that provide critical services within the community and who in some instances may have seen their funding reduced due to an inability to carry out standard fundraising due to Covid restrictions. Discussing the funding announcement, Deputy Matthews said:

“This latest round of funding being distributed to vital community and voluntary groups is extremely positive news for those involved and who use their services. It’s vital that all these organisations are able to continue because without these groups of community activists and volunteers, the knock-on impact for those who need their support would be immeasurable. Throughout my time on Wicklow County Council and more recently as a TD, I have seen first-hand the support that these groups offer in the community and they are invaluable.

Wicklow Organisations that received funding:

  • Dublin & Wicklow Mountain Rescue Team - €86,000

  • Lakers Social and Recreation Club - €43,368

  • Aughrim Community Sports & Leisure Association - €21,000

  • Glenealy Village Hall (Carnegie Trust) - €6,037

  • Sphenoid Ireland - €3,722

  • Teen-Turn - €2,000

“We have always known and appreciated the work that organisations like this do across Wicklow, but the pandemic has brought to the forefront the integral role that they play in so many people’s lives. The selflessness of those involved is something that can never be repaid but I hope that this funding will assist the organisations in regrouping and returning to some semblance of normality in the coming months as we slowly emerge from public health restrictions.

“There are many other organisations across Wicklow that are more than deserving of stability funding and I look forward to working with my colleague, Minister Joe O’Brien to ensure that as many groups as possible are recognised for vital role they play in our community”, concluded Deputy Matthews.



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