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Minister McEntee TD announces grants of €25,000 for Meath Animal Welfare Organisations

Shane McEntee, T.D., Minister of State for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, today announced the award of ex-gratia payments of €25,000 to animal welfare organisations in County Meath to assist with their work during the coming year.  This is part of awards being made to other animal welfare organisations throughout the country to assist in their work in 2012.

The payments will be made with immediate effect and Minister McEntee said that 'he is in no doubt that the money will be put to good use by the organisations in County Meath in providing the best possible service towards animals in their care'.

Minister McEntee said that despite the challenging budgetary situation, 'the provision of this funding for animal welfare organisations demonstrates the Government’s commitment in the area of protecting the welfare of animals'. The Minister took the opportunity to thank the welfare organisations for the service they provide in the County.  He went on to say that 'it is important to acknowledge and support financially the great work being carried out by animal welfare organisations not only in County Meath but throughout the entire country in delivering animal care and welfare services'.

Minister McEntee concluded by saying that he is 'heartened and impressed  with the generosity of people working in the welfare organisations, many of whom give of their time on a purely voluntary basis, in order to improve the welfare of animals'

List of Applicants (xls 661Kb) 

Notes for Editor

Animal Welfare Helpline:

The helpline will be operational from the 3rd of January 2012. It will be manned from 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays). At all other times it will divert to a recorded message, and messages left will be monitored regularly.

The phone number for the Helpline will be:

Call Save: 1850 211 990
Phone: 01-607 2379

Dedicated email address -  animalwelfare@agriculture.gov.ie

Date Released: 21 December 2011