Galway Hospice is set to benefit from new funding as part of a Government decision to end an anomaly which has seen voluntary sector hospices receive less State funding than others.
This anomaly affected both Galway Hospice and St Francis’ Hospice in Dublin. However this is set to be rectified under the new funding, approved by the Government this week, of more than €10.68 million.
The Minister for Health, Simon Harris, and the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe, had planned to close the funding gap on a phased basis over the next three years. However, with the Covid-19 crisis and the pressure on hospices, saw it brought forward.
Sen Sean Kyne, who is still serving as Minister for the Irish Language, the Gaeltacht, and the Islands, called the move "very significant", adding: “The service provided by Galway Hospice is one which almost every family in Galway has benefited from, either directly or indirectly, and the staff and board members carry out invaluable work, not just at the facility in Renmore, but across Galway."