Pat The Cope concerned over future of IFI funding

There are fears for the future of the International Fund for Ireland with a crucial vote due to be taken on Thursday evening.
Republicans in the US House of Representatives want to withdraw their country’s government contributions, as part of a raft of money-saving proposals.
The 25 year old fund was set up by the Irish and British governments, and also receives donations from within the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
However a drop-off in funding from the US is seen as a major problem.
The proposals will be voted on later today.
Pat The Cope Gallagher MEP says representations have been made to have the fund retained and now a result of the vote is anxiously awaited:

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