Laois TD welcomes victim support group funding


Laois TD welcomes victim support group funding
By Conor Ganly @laoisnews

Laois TD and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, Charlie Flanagan has urged local organisations in Laois, who are working with victims of crime, to apply for the 2017 Victims of Crime Funding Scheme.

Minister Flanagan stated the Government announced the 2017 Victims of Crime Office funding scheme for organisations working with victims of crime.

“The work that these organisations do, here in Laois and across the country, helps to reduce the trauma experienced by victims of crime and helps them to move on with their lives. I am proud to support their invaluable efforts.

"This funding increase will assist community and voluntary organisations here in Laois in meeting the additional demands for support services, such as the provision of information on the rights of victims and court accompaniment,” he said.

Minister Flanagan said there is an additional €250,000 in funding for 2017 over and above the 2016 allocation, bringing the total funding available in 2017 to €1.712m.

“Fine Gael is committed to using a strong economy to help make people’s lives better. Thanks to the careful economic management of recent years we now have the resources to target investments in key public services, that will make a real difference to people’s lives. Investment in supporting the victims of crime here in Laois is a crucial part of that,” said the Minister