Dundalk Town Council and Louth County Council will each give €15,000 to Women’s Aid Dundalk to help with the funding crisis at the organisation.
The crisis has resulted in Women’s Aid Dundalk having to reluctantly announce that their refuge, based in the town, and which helps people from Louth, Monaghan and Cavan, will have to close at the end of June.
The two local authorities held separate meetings on Tuesday evening. A motion was passed by both councils calling on the Government to provide more funding for the provision of services at Women’s Aid Dundalk.
Members of Women’s Aid addressed the town council meeting and made it clear that the bailout from the councils is only a short-term solution which could help tide things over to the end of the year.
The crisis remains however and the distribution of national funding is still to be addressed. .
Representatives of Women’s Aid Dundalk addressed the special meeting of Dundalk Town Council.
Mr John Mooney said the organisation had been overwhelmed by the support it had received since it was announced that the closure could take place. Ann Larkin said the refuge would close in June unless the rules governing funding at national level are reversed.
The €45m national budget is still in place, but its distribution at regional level has changed. Supporters of Women’s Aid argue that this regional directive needs to be changed if the organisation is to be maintained.
Lisa Marmion said Women’s Aid Dundalk needs strong support on this issue and they welcomed the support of Dundalk Town Council.
Earlier, Louth County Council had sanctioned €15,000 to be allocated to Women’s Aid Dundalk to help with the shortfall in the current funding. Dundalk Town Council decided it would match this funding so the total on offer to Women’s Aid Dundalk is €30,000.
The money will come from the current budget.