Derry charity under investigation

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A Derry-based charity which helps migrants integrate into life in Ireland is currently at the centre of a police investigation.

It is understood, however, that the PSNI investigation into allegations of financial irregularities at SEEDS focuses on an individual, as opposed to the organisation itself.

“While we do not comment on named businesses or individuals, police in Foyle are investigating, following an allegation of financial irregularities,” a police spokesperson told the ‘Journal’ yesterday.

Established in 2005, SEEDS has welcomed thousands of migrants to the North West and helped them settle into life here through a range of initiatives and community events.

The charity receives funding from three sources, Derry City Council, the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the European Union. SEEDS also runs Cafe Del Mondo in the Craft Village.

A spokesperson for SEEDS, which is also based in the Craft Village, said yesterday: “The current board of Directors wish to confirm that they are working very closely with the Departments and the PSNI in relation to the current investigation.”

SEEDS founding member, Eddie Kerr, stepped down as the group’s Director last month.