James Reilly, it’s up to you.
“If this place hadn’t been here, I would have to have gone back to him, or gone homeless.”
These are the words of a resident of Cuan Álainn - a women’s refuge in Tallaght, Dublin that’s set to close its doors the week before Christmas unless the government agrees to fund this essential service. 
Update – Campaign now closed
It looks like James Reilly is going to allow the women’s refuge, Cuan Álainn, to close its doors this Christmas. There’s no doubt that this is disappointing but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t worth the fight.
Thousands of us have been taking action to keep this essential service open. From building a huge petition to emailing James Reilly directly, this powerful response shows that the Uplift community is willing to step up and fight for what we believe in.
James Reilly wanted this decision to go by unnoticed. He tried to avoid responding to our calls but together we exposed him and his government colleagues. We exposed that while they celebrate a so-called economic recovery, they’re also turning their backs on the most vulnerable in our society.
Injustices like these remind us of the importance of building a people powered community that believes in change. This isn’t an easy thing to do but the more we come together, the more powerful we’ll be the next time we stand up to decision makers like James Reilly.
So we’ll continue.
We’ll continue to work hard to hold our politicians and decision makers to account. Cuan Álainn isn’t the first and it won’t be the last service to come under threat. In 2016, we need to be prepared to up our game. Are you in?
Can you chip in a small amount to help support campaigns like this? Uplift is member owned and our goal is to be 100% funded from small donations – this is what keeps us independent.
It’s been said by all the experts including guards, social workers and by the most important experts of all – survivors of domestic violence – that having a safe and supported place to live is the key to getting out and staying out of an abusive relationship. 
The housing agency Respond has funded Cuan Álainn until now but they can’t continue to pay the €350,000 needed to keep it open. So far however they haven’t been able to get the Dept of Children and Youth Affairs who fund similar services to step in to save it from closure. 
James Reilly is coming under pressure to act and it’s moments like this that people power can really make a difference. By working together we can build a huge petition to put pressure on James Reilly to save this vital service.
HSE Policy on Domestic, Sexual and Gender Based Violence http://www.d1288522-32838.cp.blacknight.com/safeireland.ie/wp-content/uploads/HSE-Policy-Document-on-Domestic-Sexual-and-Genderbased-Violence.pdf
 via the Child and Family Agency Tusla http://www.tusla.ie/services/new-domestic-sexual-and-gender-based-violence/select-a-support-below/refuges-accommodation
 Sean O’ Rourke Show RTE Radio 1 16.10.15 http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2015/1016/735220-today-with-sean-o-rourke-friday-16-october-2015/?clipid=2000604#2000604