Sr Bernadette MacMahon, Director of the Vincentian Partnership for Social Justice, honoured for her contribution to the community and voluntary sector.
Charities provide approximately one-quarter of acute hospital services and approximately two-thirds of services to people with disabilities, so they are an integral part of the overall system.
The quality of Ireland’s aid is internationally renowned for its strong poverty reduction focus, and Ireland’s ODA budget is responsible for life-changing and life-saving interventions in some of the world’s most difficult environments.
David Hall, who stood in as interim CEO of Console as the financial and governance crisis unfolded, told the conference: “Console was the exception.” He said that the majority of charity and voluntary workers do their business without controversy.
Survey reveals that one third (34%) of charities have reported a drop in income, while more than two thirds (71%) have seen an increase in demand for services.
Up to 42% of charities experienced a fall in their income over the past year while 72% reported that demand for their services increased over the same period.
Survey shows 33% of charities had to cut back or suspend services in the past year due to a lack of funding, while over 42% reported a drop in income.