Google's philanthropic arm is to donate €1m to Irish charities to help them deal with the fallout from Covid-19.

Google.org will split the money, with half going immediately to organisations like FoodCloud, ALONE, A Lust for Life and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre who are directly dealing with specific aspects of the crisis.

Community groups in Ringsend/Pearse St, close to Google’s Barrow street international headquarters, as well as in Clondalkin and Tallaght, near to its data centre, will also benefit.

The second half of the money will be given at a later date to Irish NGOs who are focused on supporting job seekers and SMEs across Ireland.

"In times of crisis Google’s key focus is providing people with timely and accurate information and the tools they need to stay connected," said Nick Leeder, Head of Google in Ireland.

"We also want to ensure that the vital services provided by many Irish NGOs can continue during a time when they are needed more than ever, which is why we are providing these Google.org grants."