Ireland: anti-LGBT counselling services risk losing funding

Ireland: anti-LGBT counselling services risk losing funding

Relationship and marriage services in Ireland risk losing state funding unless they adhere to a new government policy which says lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people should not be turned away.

According to this report, such agencies “could be forced to close unless they bow to demands that they support same-sex couples”.

The country’s largest faith-based counselling group, Accord – which received £1.4 million from the Department of Child and Youth Affairs in 2016 – has long-excluded gay couples on religious grounds.

Accord – and 20 other agencies – have been told they cannot discriminate against people on grounds including sexuality if they want to continue receiving taxpayers’ money.

Tusla, Ireland’s government child and family agency, was quoted by The Times as saying:

Tusla recognises … the importance of public funded services operating services which are accessible to everyone.

Welcoming the shift in policy, Sinn Fein senator Fintan Warfield told the newspaper:

It is wrong for public monies to be channelled at organisations who fail to serve all sections of our society.

5 responses to “Ireland: anti-LGBT counselling services risk losing funding”

  1. Johan says:

    What hateful bigotry the Roman Catholic Church has spread. Its a vile and criminal organisation. Always was and always will be up until the day it expires.

  2. Broga says:

    I assume the couple above were counselled, advised and instructed by a celibate priest?

  3. barriejohn says:

    Broga: You can bet your life they’re models! But just how much counselling does Frankie think that Catholic couples need? NONE, apparently, if this bizarre episode is anything to go by:

    Was he drunk?

  4. L.Long says:

    The last sentence of the post says it all and very clearly!

  5. AgentCormac says:

    You look at that logo of theirs – a representation of one human hand holding another – and on the surface of it nothing could seem more more natural, innocent, or caring. But then when you view it within the context of the catholic church, when you overlay what we know about that vile institution, suddenly it takes on the most sinister overtones. One hand leading the other away. One hand covering the other with an overpowering sense of authority. Don’t know about you, but it certainly makes my flesh crawl. Funny how your perspective can change when viewed through a different lens and your frame of reference shifts. A bit like this, for those of you who are old enough to remember Diff’rent Strokes. It was obviously created for humorous effect, but hopefully it illustrates my point.