Money for some, but not for others

Even with endless stories of people and charities struggling to cope because of lack of money and reduced funding, a comment made to me by a charity leader at a recent event hit home.

It was the chairman of a group called Coolmine Therapeutic Community, one of the country’s longest running organisations working with drug addicts in Ireland. Basically it needs 100,000 euro to keep open a special mothers’ rehabilitation unit – the only one in the country. It has already told 20 mums on a waiting list it would not be taking any more people in, unless money is found somewhere, urgently.

Coolmine’s Ashleigh House rehab centre

In recent weeks they were told by our Children’s Minister Frances Fitzgerald – who is respected by many charities – that they should try and apply for funding from the National Lottery to keep the unit open.

A clearly exasperated, but polite, Brian Ward, chairman of Coolmine, told me it was “incongruous” that the Government couldn’t find 100,000 for them, but could find 750,000 euro to pay for expenses for national politicians during the month of August, before the parliament even opened (in September).

It’s yet another example of money not being available, yet is available. All depends on who you are.

For my report in the Irish Examiner see

To learn more about Coolmine see


About Cormac O'Keeffe

I've written a novel. And, it's going to be published. This April. Mad, or what? It's entitled 'Black Water' and is a crime novel set in Dublin's gangland, along the evocative Grand Canal. This blog is about that bumpy journey, which is about to get really exciting. You'll also find some photography on this blog, particularly snaps that relate to my novel, much of it centred along the canal. There are also some reviews, both fiction and non-fiction, many of them published in the Irish Examiner, a daily national newspaper in Ireland. I work as security correspondent there and have specialist interests in crime, drugs, policing, the justice system, communities and human rights. Both my personal life and my professional life have fed into my novel, or, rather, have been poured into it. My novel was granted a literature bursary by the Irish Arts Council in September 2014 and my journalistic work has won multiple awards from the Law Society of Ireland over many years, most recently in 2015.
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