Howard Lake | 16 September 2009 | News Tagged with: Funding Ireland Irish government turns to charities for help AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis “What’s going to happen if the Elton John Foundation pulls out after the three-year period?” he asks, and says it sends out mixed signals about the determination to tackle drug problems in the State.During the summer the Irish Cancer Society announced details of their offer of €1 million over two years to the Government towards the rollout of a national bowel cancer screening programme, for all men and women aged 55 – 74 years living in Ireland. ICS indicated that more funding for the programme would be available if fundraising was successful.“The decision by the Board of the Irish Cancer Society to offer funding towards the cost of the initial rollout of a screening programme is a significant new step for the Society. We would rather not have to make this offer, but on this occasion we believe that we have no choice. We believe that unless there is a clear driving force, it is easier for the Government, especially in the current climate not to do anything.“We also hold the view that we have a duty of care to the people of Ireland to drive the rollout of this programme, which will be one of the most effective public health interventions in the history of the Irish healthcare system,” said Bill McCabe, Chairman Irish Cancer.www.cancer.ie 23 total views, 1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Irish government’s decision to accept money from charity has led to criticism from a leading charity director. Tony Geoghegan, director of Merchants Quay Ireland, which works with drug addicts, said such support could not be sustained and was not the way to fund long term drug programmes.The Irish government’s severe budget crisis has led it to seek and accept funding from the Irish Cancer Society and Elton John Foundation.Mr Geoghegan was critical of the Government’s decision to seek money from Elton John’s charity to fund a national needle exchange service. The service will receive €750,000 in funding over three years. Advertisement About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving.