Cura, the Catholic agency that assists women dealing with crisis pregnancies, is to close today (Friday).

The agency, which was founded in 1977 by the late Bishop of Elphin Christopher Jones, has offices in Galway and Sligo.

Cura says it has been reviewing its situation since 2015, and will close its offices and helpline services from today - 15th June.

The agency employs two fulltime and 14 part-time staff with over 70 counsellors proving services to clients at about 30 locations nationwide - many on a voluntary basis.

In a statement, Cura said it was one of just two agencies providing advice on crisis pregnancies when it was set up in 1977.

Today, there are 14 various services operating in a new regulatory environment.

It said the decision was further reinforced by a recent announcement by the Health Minister Simon Harris on regulation the counselling and psychotherapy professions.

Cura has extended thanks to their many volunteers and supporters, and says that, since records were collected in 1996, Cura has provided over 163,000 counselling sessions to clients.

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