The Athlone branch of the Irish Red Cross is to be closed with immediate effect, following a dispute over the use of equipment by local volunteers.
In late November, the organisation’s head office froze the bank account of the local branch after a row erupted over the use of an ambulance owned by the Red Cross in the Athlone area.
However in a statement yesterday (Wednesday ), the Red Cross said it is permanently closing the branch in Athlone due to “the failure of the volunteer members to adhere to the Irish Red Cross operating rules and procedures”.
“The closure of the branch is a decision taken with regret following an internal investigation with which there was a lack of local cooperation,” read the statement.
The organisation now plans to review needs in Athlone. In the meantime, should an emergency situation arise, arrangements will be made to meet that need.
There are no concerns regarding the financial management of funds by the Athlone branch.
All donations made directly to the Athlone branch will be used as specified, and all commitments to assist people impacted by flooding earlier this year will continue to be met.
Any enquiries should be directed to the Irish Red Cross on (01 ) 6424600.