Pat The Cope concerned over future of IFI funding

There are fears for the future of the International Fund for Ireland with a crucial vote due to be taken on Thursday evening.

Republicans in the US House of Representatives want to withdraw their country's government contributions, as part of a raft of money-saving proposals.

The 25 year old fund was set up by the Irish and British governments, and also receives donations from within the EU, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

However a drop-off in funding from the US is seen as a major problem.

The proposals will be voted on later today.

Pat The Cope Gallagher MEP says representations have been made to have the fund retained and now a result of the vote is anxiously awaited: