Vital Portlaoise Order of Malta gets ambulance funding boost

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly



Portlaoise Order of Malta unit members at the Midland Regional Hospital Portlaoise earlier this year

Emergency response services in Laois are set to get a boost thanks to a big grant for Portlaoise's Order of Malta.

The voluntary Portlaoise volunteer service is to receive €50,000 to fund an ambulance.

The group is one of 26 projects around Ireland to benefit under the latest round of funding allocated under the  CLÁR programme. 

The Portlaoise unit welcomed the grant.

"This grant will allow us to purchase and stock a new ambulance which will be used at a variety of events in and around our community.  We provide Ambulance First aod services at various events, Provide transport to our elderly and vulnerable people to respite care or to various hospital appointments.  We also run a groceries and medication collection and delivery services for those cocooning or those self isolating.

"We are  voluntary organisation none of members receive any payment and all give their time freely. Our funding come mainly from donations or from events we cover," said the Portlaoise unit.

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys today, Friday, December 11 that almost €1.3 million would be allocated to fund vehicles for the community-based organisations.

A statement said the vehicles will be used to provide essential transport services for people with mobility issues.

The funding is provided under the Mobility and Cancer Care Transport Measure of the CLÁR programme. It will support voluntary organisations that provide, free of charge.

"The organisations receiving support under the scheme provide invaluable services in their communities and I am pleased to be able to support their efforts,” said the Minister.

The Portlaoise Order of Malta provides first aid training, event cover and community care.

The aim of CLÁR is to support the sustainable development of identified CLÁR areas with the aim of supporting people to continue to live and work in those areas.