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    By Noreen Bowden | August 12, 2008

    The Minister for Foreign Affairs has announced grants of more than 8 million euro to 130 Irish community groups in Britain – an increase of 13% over 2007.

    Most of the funding will go to welfare projects, with significant funding going to projects dealing with the elderly and vulnerable.

    The funding allocation reflects a new emphasis on heritage and cultural projects:

    “While the primary emphasis of funding continues to be on supporting projects that promote the welfare of the elderly and vulnerable, I am pleased that additional funding has also made it possible to support a number of heritage and cultural projects which are vital to the development of community networks and which help to foster community spirit. These grant allocations are a clear reflection of the Government’s strong commitment to the welfare and enhancement of our community in Britain.  We are determined to maintain and develop this substantial level of support in future years.?

    See the press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs.

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