Wednesday, 11th January 2017 - Today, Leo Varadkar T.D., Minister for Social Protection, joined Richard Moat, CEO, eir and Carolan Lennon, Managing Director, open eir, to officially launch the eir Fund - Connecting Communities.

The Fund is a key initiative within eir's CSR strategy and will enable the company to make a positive impact in communities by providing much needed support to local charity and community causes across Ireland. 

The eir Fund - Connecting Communities is open for applications from all eir employees and any registered Irish charity, NGO or organisation with charitable status.  As a direct result of the Fund, €160,000 will be evenly split across the four provinces and invested at community level each year up to 2019.

Speaking at the launch of the eir Fund - Connecting Communities, Minister Leo Varadkar said: "The Government and I strongly support and advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility. The best companies should be about more than making profit and increasing shareholder value, they should also have a mission to contribute to the betterment of communities that buy their services and products, and to develop human capital by supporting the skills and personal development of their staff. Today’s announcement is proof that eir clearly understands this. I am delighted to be associated with it.

"The eir Fund helps employees to make a positive impact in their community, and helps the company to support more local causes throughout Ireland. I understand that 50 charities will benefit over three years. I welcome the fact that the eir Fund is open for applications from all eir employees and any registered Irish charity, NGO or organisation with charitable status."

Michelle Toner, Head of CSR, eir said, “We are committed to a CSR strategy which not only aligns with our business objectives and ensures that we are acting as a responsible and sustainable business but that more importantly allows us to support the communities across Ireland where our employees live and work. We have a presence in every community in Ireland and we want to support those communities in any way we can. The eir Fund allows us to do that in a very meaningful and tangible way.
eir has a long history of community support in Ireland.

We have worked with Special Olympics Ireland for 32 years; this is the longest partnership of its type in the country. Through that relationship, we have learned invaluable lessons about the positive impact our business can make when we use our national scale to benefit a charity.
Over the past nine months we have worked with 17 not-for-profit organisations across a range of social issues including homelessness, employment and educational supports in disadvantaged areas. We have had the opportunity to meet and work with new groups that are effecting realpositive change in their community every day. We're proud to be part of their story".

Amongst the recipients of the eir Fund – Connecting Communities and speaking at today’s launch event, was Chris White, CEO, National Council for the Blind Ireland, who said, "NCBI will run an intensive IT training camp next year for children and young people who are blind or vision impaired. This would not be possible without the support from the eir Fund. Our camp will set our children up for success from education right through to employment. These camps, facilitated by the University of Limerick will enable children to learn the programmes available to them to assist with their education."

Also at the launch today were a number of other charities  who have received support from the eir Fund – Connecting Communities including – Camara Ireland, an organisation committed to improving technology in disadvantaged schools, Rosie’s Trust who support people that are terminally ill, cancer patients, and older people who have companion pets but are unable to look after them independently and Aoibheann's Pink Tie, a charity created to support families of children diagnosed with cancer and attending St John's Oncology Ward in Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

Applications for the eir Fund can be made through eirFund@eir.ie