Catholic Church crisis pregnancy agency, Cura, to close

Catholic Church crisis pregnancy agency, Cura, to close

THE AGENCY is to close on June 15.

The pregnancy advice centre is to wind down after 41 years in operation after "experiencing decreasing service demands in line with national trends".

The crisis pregnancy support service is an agency of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference and was in talks to wind down from a strategic planning process from 2015.

Since 1996, the service had 163,400 face-to-face and telephone counselling sessions with clients.

PRO for Cura, Charlotte Keery, said of the closure, "This is a difficult day for all of us but also a proud day as from 1977, we in Cura were there to care, to listen without judgment for as long as the person needed.

"We then helped them to access other supports in response to their individual needs as their crisis lessened and they began taking control of their future plans, as we are doing now in a somewhat more strategic way in 2018. It’s time to pass our work on to other counselling services who will continue in the support and care of each individual who needs them," she added.

The Irish Bishops Conference are to make a statement on the close of the agency at their June meeting.