Banks to give St Christopher’s temporary respite

Liam Cosgrove

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Liam Cosgrove

Protestors at a St Christopher's rally over funding cuts in Longford town earlier this month.
Bank officials have given St Christopher’s from now until Christmas to come up with €250,000 in a bid to address their ongoing financial woes.

Bank officials have given St Christopher’s from now until Christmas to come up with €250,000 in a bid to address their ongoing financial woes.

The warning was delivered at a special meeting of Longford County Council last night (Wednesday) over fears services at the Longford based provider could be forced to close.

Chief executive and local councillor, Pat O’Toole also revealed that HSE bosses had, in recent days, hinted at further reductions in St Christopher’s budget allocations going forward.

The reduction, or “efficiency cut”, as he termed it, amounted to around €108,000, bringing the service’s overall deficit to over €500,000.

For more on this story, see next week’s Longford Leader.