Groups involved in life-saving work given welcome funding boost

A number of groups involved in important life-saving work in the North West have got a welcome injection of funding today.

The groups include the Mountain Rescue Teams as well as First responder groups in all three counties and sub-aqua clubs in Leitrim and Donegal

Irish Community Rapid Response Units and local units of the Order of Malta were also funded under todays Round 3 of Clar funding.

There are too many groups in the region to mention who carry out life-saving work on a voluntary basis everyday.

Similar to the Sports Capital Grant getting funding under the various governments schemes can be competitive.

Today over €200,000 has been granted to groups in this region with the Leitrim sub-aqua club getting the highest allocation of €50,000

The Order of Malta in Sligo and Leitrim got nearly €20,000 between them while the Rapid Response units in all three North West counties also got a welcome grant.

The Ardara and Ballygawley Defibrillator groups also got funding as did the Mountain Rescue Team in Donegal.

But it’s a particularly sweet allocation of €25,000 for the Sligo Leitrim Mountain Rescue considering they were the victim of a break-in earlier this year when vital life-saving equipment was stolen.

PRO Alan Sayers says it’s a very welcome boost towards the work they do.

The allocations are from the Department of Rural and Community Development

Minister Michael Ring says groups need to make contributions from their own funds as well as part of the scheme:

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