Press Release

Funding for One in Four

The Department of Health has fully supported the establishment of the One in Four organisation. Since the commencement of investigations in April, 2002 into the handling of allegations of abuse in the Diocese of Ferns the Department has provided€633,000 in funding to the organisation from May 2002 to date. Officials from the Department of Health & Children would hope to meet with representatives of One in Four later this week to discuss their concerns.

The Department of Health and Children provides counselling through the National Counselling Service for victims of all types of abuse. The costs of counselling incurred by the Department from 1999 to date amounts to €17m. The National Counselling Service will see all victims of childhood abuse and it is open to One in Four to refer victims to that Service.