116. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the EU funds her Department accesses; the plans she is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if she will outline initiatives she is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8810/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I can advise the Deputy that my Department accesses EU funds under a range of headings including the Internal Security Fund, the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund and the European Social Fund. The Deputy will appreciate that of each of the funding streams in question has an agreed set of priorities, objectives and parameters. Plans to access EU funding opportunities is being kept under ongoing review, as are all as...

174. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8806/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Government is focused on protecting and advancing Ireland’s interests before during and after the negotiations. Our priorities are clear: minimising the impact on trade and the economy, protecting the Northern Ireland Peace Process, maintaining the Common Travel Area, and influencing the future of the European Union.
A critical part of our work is  ensuring that our priorities are heard and understood across Europe. Therefore, engagement with o...

242. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8804/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): My Department accesses the European Social Fund (ESF, including the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)), the European Globalisation Fund (EGF), PEACE IV and Erasmus+ funding.  EU Funding is also available to researchers and institutes under the Horizon2020 programme.
The ESF operates within the Multi-Annual Financial Framework and the ESF allocations are agreed for the 2014-20 funding round.  The relevant Operational Programme for Ireland...

285. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the EU funds his department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8805/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department currently accesses European Union funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the European Social Fund and Horizon 2020. There are plans to seek funding from the Connecting Europe Facility funding instrument and to seek additional funding from the European Social Fund under the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020 and from Horizon 2020. 
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324. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8812/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Department of Social Protection may receive funding from the European Commission through several different funding streams. These include the European Globalisation Fund (EGF), the European Social Fund (ESF)/Youth Employment Initiative, and the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD). These funds each operate on different timelines and have different rules and procedures.
The European Globalisation Adjustment Fund (the EGF) su...

333. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8807/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department does not administer any EU funding. As part of the Government’s preparation for the EU-UK negotiations, the question of whether there is any scope under existing EU policies and funding programmes to mitigate the effects of Brexit is being examined.
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366. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8811/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform I have overall responsibility for EU Cohesion Policy and the European Structural & Investment (ESI) Funds.  Within the overall heading of the ESI Funds, I am responsible for the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) while the Minister for Education and Skills is responsible for the European Social Fund and the Minister for Agriculture, Food & the Marine is responsible for the Euro...

382. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the EU funds her Department accesses; the plans she is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if she will outline initiatives she is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8800/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The only EU funding directly accessed by my Department are LIFE Programme funds. The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action. The general objective of LIFE is to contribute to the implementation, updating and development of EU environmental and climate policy and legislation by co-financing projects with European added value. The Department receives fundi...

503. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Health the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8808/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Government is clear and determined that all possible preparations will be made ahead of the UK leaving the EU. The Government is focused on protecting and advancing Ireland’s interests before, during and after the negotiations. Our priorities are clear; minimising the impact on trade and the economy, protecting the Northern Ireland Peace Process, maintaining the Common Travel Area, and influencing the future of the European Union. A critical part...

580. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8799/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The main EU funds that are available to the agri-food and fisheries sectors include the European Agricultural Guarantee Fund (finances direct payments to farmers and certain market support measures), the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (finances support for the achievement of economic, social and environmental objectives through measures co-funded by Member States), and the European Maritime Fisheries Fund (fi...

591. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8802/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): The Government has a coordinated approach to Brexit managed centrally by the Department of An Taoiseach.
As outlined in An Taoiseach’s speech on 15 February, as a direct response to Brexit, the Ministers for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform have been asked to prepare an ambitious multi-annual 10-year capital plan that will make Ireland a far better place in which to live and work.
That plan will make pr...

625. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8814/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​Agencies under the remit of my Department and my Department access EU co-funding under EU Programmes such as the Connecting Europe Facility, Interreg and to a lesser extent Horizon 2020. Agencies under the remit of my Department also avail of European Investment Bank funding.
Concerns about the implications of the UK exit on current and future EU funding programmes were raised at the All-Island Transport and Logistics Sectorial Dia...

639. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation the EU funds her Department accesses; the plans she is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit, or if she will outline initiatives she is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8809/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Mary Mitchell O’Connor): The current phase of the European Structural and Investment Funds covers the period 2014-2020. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) forms one component of the wider European Structural and Investment (ESI) Fund. Within Ireland the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform has overall responsibility for EU Cohesion Policy and primary responsibility for the ERDF. Two agencies under the aegis of my Department (...

654. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the EU funds her Department accesses; the plans she is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if she will outline initiatives she is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8801/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department has access to the PEACE IV Programme 2014 - 2020 through which European Regional Development Fund investment is available to support activities in a number of areas, including children and young people. This is a valuable programme and I am keen to ensure that my Department derives the full benefit from the available funds. 
There is strong awareness of the impact that Brexit poses for all sectors within the Iris...

665. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the EU funds his Department accesses; the plans he is putting in place to access these funds to a greater degree in view of Brexit; if he will outline initiatives he is pursuing to establish access to new funds in view of the challenge of Brexit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8803/17 asked on 21 Feb 2017 - EU Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe) (Deputy Paul Kehoe): The Department of Defence currently has the opportunity to access EU funding under Ireland’s European Maritime and Fisheries Fund Operational Programme (2014 – 2020) which was adopted on 4 December 2015 by the European Commission. The Operational Programme provides for funding of €18.5 million, of which €12 million is EU funding, for the replacement and upgrade of ships and aircraft, for undertaking Specific...

884. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to outline when his Department became aware of the need to install a national computerised accounting and information system for EU funds to meet the 2014-2020 functionality requirements, eCohesion; the reason it was not installed before 31 December 2015 as was instructed by the European Commission; the reason the system still has not been installed; the repercussions if it is not installed by the end of 2018; and the amount of funding that would be lost or compromised if it is not installed by that date. (Question 24603/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Common Provisions 1303/2013 for ESIF funding for 2014-2020, which provided for e Cohesion, entered into force on 20/12/2013. While the Regulation provides for the implementation of the system by 31 December 2015, the deadline for a first claim under the European Regional Development Fund, for which my Department has responsibility, is 31 December 2017. I am confident that the e Cohesion system will be in place by this dea...

131. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Taoiseach the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20586/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

The Taoiseach: My Department does not administer any EU funding programmes. Accordingly, it has not applied for any pre-financing under the current phase of EU funding programmes.
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144. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of pre-financing by programme her Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the EU Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20583/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): Generally, such advances automatically occur in respect of a portion of funding when a proposal has been accepted for funding by the EU Commission. Under the current round of EU funding, my Department has received two advance payments from the EU Commission, as follows;
European Social Fund (ESF) €1.7m
Asylum, Migration & Integration Fund (AMIF) €6.8m
It is not envisaged that any portion of this funding will fall to be ...

189. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Finance the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed. (Question 20579/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): The Department of Finance does not deal directly with the operational aspects of EU Budget programmes.
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230. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20577/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In accordance with the European Social Fund Regulations, following the adoption in 2015 of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020, initial pre-financing of 3.5% and 30% in the case of the Youth Employment Initiative priority axis, together with annual pre-financing of 2% for 2016 resulted in a total of €51.8m receipts. €31.4m of this amount, which is currently held in a suspense account, is likely t...

304. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20578/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Simon Coveney): Pre-financing applies in the case of the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP) in my Department. SICAP rolled out in April 2015 and will run until 31 December 2017. It is the successor programme to the Local and Community Development Programme (LCDP). Its aim is to tackle poverty, social exclusion and long-term unemployment through local engagement and partnership between disadvantaged i...

365. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Social Protection the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20585/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Leo Varadkar): The Department of Social Protection receives funding from the European Commission through several different funding streams. These include the European Globalisation Fund (EGF), the European Social Fund (ESF), the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD) and from the Commission directly. These funds each operate on different timelines and have different rules and procedures. 
The aim of the Fund for European Aid to the Most Deprive...

416. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20580/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Charles Flanagan): My Department does not have any EU funding programmes that are the subject of pre-financing.
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433. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of pre-financing by programme his Department has applied for with regard to the current phase of EU funding programmes; the amount that is likely to be reimbursed to the European Commission; the reasons this money will be reimbursed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20584/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Under the European Regional Development Fund a total of €21.2 million of pre-financing has been provided: €8.3 million for the Border, Midlands & West Operational Programme and €12.9 million for the Southern & Eastern Operational Programme.
In relation to the PEACE and INTERREG Cooperation Programmes, which are also funded under the European Regional Development Fund, a total of €6 million in pre-financing has been provided:  €...

451. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the European Union contribution factored into the capital plan and the amount of this funding which relates to cross-Border initiates such as INTERREG or Peace; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21058/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - EU Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Building on Recovery: Infrastructure and Capital Investment 2016-2020 includes commitments to investing in infrastructure to support North South cooperation to help unlock the full potential of the island economy. These commitments are consistent with those set out in A Fresh Start:  The Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan.
As regards EU funding, the Deputy will be aware that the Irish Government was successful in secur...