Two Ministers announced in Dundalk that €700,000 is being made available to LGBTI+ groups across the country.
Minister Helen McEntee and Minister Roderic O’Gorman made the announcement at Outcomers, a service for the LGBTI+ community in Dundalk on Friday, July 17.
“We are delighted Outcomers was chosen for this announcement. It shows how well regarded Outcomers is as a service in the country,” said Outcomers spokesperson Bernadine Quinn.
The funding aims to promote inclusion, protect rights and to improve quality of life and wellbeing for LGBTI+ people in Ireland.
“We will be putting in an application. We would like to do more to support transgender people in Ireland and older LBGTI+ people who have gone into care homes,” said Bernadine.
Announcing the fund, Minister McEntee said: “My Department aims to build a safer, fairer, more inclusive Ireland.
“The National LGBTI+ inclusion strategy is a major step forward for the LGBTI+ community – young and old, urban and rural. My hope is the new funding being announced today will improve access to services for LGBTI+ people, irrespective of their age or where they live.”
Minister O’Gorman added: “Supporting the LGBTI+ community is a key goal for my Department.
“The funding announced today recognises the need for access to LGBTI+ services right across Ireland.
“It will help improve quality of life for LGBTI+ people and ensure they are supported in realising their rights.”