29 community development projects have been told they will no longer receive Government funding from tomorrow and will have to close.

The closure is subject to an appeals process, which will give them one month's funding while the appeal is being decided.

John Curran, Minister of State at Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs said the community development programme funded by his Department has been reviewed with the aim of rationalising projects and preventing duplication.

Community organisers said they were shocked by the move.

They said some projects had been running for 20 years and their closure would be devastating to local areas.

Some of the well-known projects which have had their funding cut include the Travellers' group Pavee Point and Dublin's Inner City Renewal Group run by local activist Seanie Lambe.