Fine Gael Dublin Senator Catherine Noone has today spoken about the “need for people to continue giving” to charity following the top-ups scandals which have emerged in recent weeks.
Senator Noone said: “Speaking to people, it has become increasingly obvious that people feel mislead and hurt by a lot of what has come out over the last few days: it’s only right that they feel this way, and sometimes I find myself feeling this way. However, we need to remember that there are a great many other charities out there who are untouched by this scandal, and this should not deter us from contributing to them this Christmas”.
Senator Noone added: “Many people have said that they feel betrayed by those who used charitable donations to top-up salaries, while others have said that they are confused about who to give you. I want to assure people that this isn’t a sector-wide practice, and that there are a great many organisations who need donations now as much as ever”.
Senator Noone continued: “I sincerely hope this negativity doesn’t stop people from continuing to give to those charities who were not involved in topping-up salaries but, in any case, I think it’s important to highlight the pressures that charities are under as people review their contributions in recent weeks. I would urge people to keep giving what you can”.