Boost for LGBT centre
The provision of an LGBT Resource Centre for Galway City moved a step closer this week after Galway City Council allocated €25,000 towards the project in its 2015 Budget.
The Budget prepared by the council executive had not originally budgeted for the allocation, but the council’s controlling pact made reductions in the council’s expenditure on water services and housing maintenance to free up €310,000 for other projects.
Among the beneficiaries of this adjustment was an additional €25,000 in social inclusion grants and an increased contribution of €10,000 towards Galway Volunteer Centre.
Welcoming the allocation, Vice-Chair of Amach! LGBT Nuala Ward said the group was delighted at the support from elected councillors and the city’s Chief Executive.
“This brings Galway another step forward to being socially inclusive and in line with other major Cities in Ireland,” said Ms Ward.
“This is a welcome outcome and a great achievement for AMACH! and Galway’s LGBT community. Well done to all involved
“We look forward to opening the doors of Galway’s LGBT Resource Centre, welcoming everyone, and starting to roll out the AMACH! LGBT Resource Centre project.”
Welcoming the allocation, Fine Gael Councillor Pearce Flannery, who had tabled a motion before council requesting support for the resource centre, said the donation was “probably not what they need, but well on the way,” and welcomed the city’s 2015 Budget as “quite progressive”.
Labour Councillor Billy Cameron also hailed the socially inclusive nature of the Budget, while City Chief Executive Brendan McGrath said he was happy to see the €25,000 allocation go towards such a positive project.
The LGBT Resource Centre had been the subject of some controversy when the Bishop of Galway and Kilmacduagh criticised the Society of St Vincent de Paul for awarding the project €45,000 over three years from the Maureen O’Connell Fund.
His remarks led to calls from Independent City Councillor Mike Cubbard for Bishop Drennan to consider his position.