The fallout from the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) debacle has hit charitable organisations across the country this week.
The sector in Co Longford too, has suffered a decrease in donations over the past couple of weeks since the news broke that the CRC had moved â‚¬3m from the accounts of the Friends and Supporters of the CRC to the CRC itself to prop up employeesâ€™ pension fund.
Pat Oâ€™Toole, Manager of St Christopherâ€™s Services - said recent revelations from CRC were â€œvery disappointingâ€.
â€œWe donâ€™t engage in top ups and all our fundraising is used to cover services that the Health Service Executive (HSE) wonâ€™t cover,â€ he added.
â€œIt costs â‚¬50,000 for a 20 seater bus with a special lift for wheelchairs and we need to install special hoists and baths into our houses which costs â‚¬25,000; so it is the provision of services like this to which we apply the money that is fundraised.â€
Mr Oâ€™Toole went on to say that no employee at St Christopherâ€™s ever had their salaries â€œtopped upâ€ with charitable funds, and he pointed to the HSE â€˜consolidatedâ€™ pay scale which has been implemented there.
â€œWe have to maintain and upkeep our houses, grounds, the vehicles and provide fuel for those vehicles,â€ he added.
Mr Oâ€™Toole confirmed he earns in the region of â‚¬85,000 in his role as manager of St Christopherâ€™s Services.
Louise Lovett is the CEO of Longford Womenâ€™s Link (LWL), a Longford based charity providing education, training, support and advocacy for local women.
Ms Lovett said that what happened at CRC â€œcould not be condonedâ€.
Salaries are paid by the HSE at LWL and fundraising - which amounts to â‚¬20-â‚¬25,000 per year - is used to cover heating and lighting bills and IT supports.
â€œWe must be compliant with the rules on using money from funds in the first instance; the issues at CRC seem to be long standing and a legacy situation,â€ added Ms Lovett. â€œTherefore what has happened in CRC is not reflective of whatâ€™s happening in other organisations.â€
When asked about her earnings as CEO of LWL, Ms Lovett said that she was not prepared to discuss her salary .