A lifeline has been extended to the ISPCC’s childline service in Waterford thanks to a benefactor who wishes to remain anonymous.
The ISPCC facility closed its doors on Sunday night due to a lack of funding.
Phonecalls have been transferred to the Cork office, while Tusla have taken over the mentoring service.
A benefactor has offered to pay for the premises, insurance, light and heat in the Cleaboy business park for one year, in an effort to help retain the service.
Fianna Fáil TD Mary Butler said it’s not clear if the offer will enable the service to reopen, but it will allow the premises to be kept intact for now.
The Waterford TD said she had raised the issue with the head of the ISPCC and the Minister for Children but hadn’t heard back from them yet.
The service had been run with 2 full-time members of staff and 35 volunteers.