Rape Crisis Midwest has announced the temporary closure of its services in Clare, Limerick and north Tipperary. 

The centre, based in Limerick, provides counselling and psychotherapy services to victims of rape.

They said the decision was taken because of a €120,000 funding shortfall. 

Director of Rape Crisis Midwest Miriam Duffy said the financial status of the centre was at a critical point.

She said that this was as a result of funding cutbacks and a drop in donations.
The services will be temporarily closed until the end of September in an effort to save money. 

The service users have been informed of the closure. 

The helpline on 1800 311511 will remain open.