576. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans to invest in facilities for public use; if such investment will be made in 2018 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54060/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In relation to investment in facilities for public use, my Department provides funding for the NeighbourWood Scheme, which supports the development of attractive close-to-home woodland amenities (or ‘neighbourwoods’) for public use and enjoyment. The scheme is available to both public and private landowners, working in partnership with local communities.
With regard to facilities provided by Coillte, the company was establish...

628. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding that has been allocated by his Department in 2018 for the introduction of variable speed limits on the M50. (Question 54094/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): As Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, I have responsibility for overall policy and funding in relation to the national roads programme. The planning, design and implementation of individual road projects is a matter for Transport Infrastructure Ireland under the Roads Acts 1993-2015 in conjunction with the local authorities concerned. Within its capital budget, the assessment and prioritisation of individual projects is a m...

758. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding provided by her Department for 2017; the estimated expenditure under each major subhead by year end; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53913/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): Funding allocations made available to my Department are published each year in the Revised Estimates Volume. Further Revised Estimates for my Department can be viewed at the link below:
http://opac.oireachtas.ie/AWData/Library3/PERdoclaid151117_110705.pdf. 
It is anticipated that all current funding will be expended in full and no significant capital savings beyond those which can be carried forward by deferred surrender...

231. Deputy Imelda Munster asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of funding allocated to the OPW and Heritage Ireland in each of the years 2010 to 2016, and to date in 2017 to maintain, protect and develop the more than 700 sites and monuments for which they are responsible. (Question 53367/17 asked on 13 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Brendan Griffin): Responsibility for the allocation of funding to the OPW and the Heritage Council rests with my colleagues, the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht respectively. Questions relating to the allocation of funding to the OPW and the Heritage Council are more appropriate to the responsible Ministers.  
The Deputy might be interested ...

556. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has received a request for additional funding for a project (details supplied) in County Cork in addition to the €12 million committed to by the Government; the process to assess such funding requests; the timeframe for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52983/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): The project to which the Deputy refers is being developed and managed by Cork City Council and the Council is responsible for the delivery of the project. 
My Department has allocated €12 million towards the cost of the project. This allocation is subject to a Service Level Agreement with the City Council to ensure compliance with all relevant requirements in relation to major capital projects.
On 27 September 2017, Cork...

120. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied). (Question 51444/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

The Taoiseach: My Department has provided no funding to the groups in question.
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126. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51438/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): Department is responsible for two votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation). The Department administers a number of funding schemes including under Ireland’s official overseas development programme, Irish Aid. Between 2016 and 2017, Irish Aid provided €240,000 from its Civil Society Fund to the Irish Family Planning Association (IFPA) for a project to provide sexual reproductiv...

133. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Finance the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51437/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): Under the Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices Act, 1938 as amended most recently by the Oireachtas (Ministerial and Parliamentary Offices) (Amendment) Act, 2014, and the Electoral Act 1997 certain payments are made from the Central Fund to political parties. These are laid out below in tabular format. The payments are contingent on the request/approval of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in accordance with the Ministers and Secret...

173. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Education and Skills the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51435/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Funding has been made by my Department to two organisations from the list provided by the Deputy in the period 1st January 2017 to date. Set out below is the total paid to each organisation and the purpose of the payments. 
1. BeLong To - Total Paid €58,000. Funding was provided to support the programme costs of the 2017 Stand Up! Awareness Week, which is an anti-bullying initiative in schools.  
2. TENI - Total Paid €500. This payme...

224. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51441/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): I wish to advise the Deputy that funding under various headings (such as in respect of support for victims of crime, promotion of migrant integration etc) was provided to the organisations named below during the period of January 2016 to end October 2017, as follows:
 2016 Funding Rape Crisis Network Ireland €85,000 2017 Funding Akidwa €5,000 Equality & Rights Alliance (ERA) €3,000 NCCWN (National Collective of C...

286. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the funding provided by her Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51430/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My Department has not provided funding to any of the groups identified by the Deputy.
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303. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Health the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51439/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Department administered a National Lottery Discretionary Fund up to 2016 from which once-off grants were paid to community and voluntary organisations providing a range of health related services. My Department no longer operates a National Lottery Fund.
I have arranged for this question to be referred to the HSE for direct reply.
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406. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51429/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): I wish to inform the Deputy that my Department has not provided funding to any of the groups referenced.
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426. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51432/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): In the period since 2014, my Department provided funding under the BenefIT Programme to one of the entities listed in the Deputy’s Question.  The BenefIT Programme, which operated between 2008 and mid-2016, funded the provision of the basic digital skills training by community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisations to citizens to promote digital inclusion.
Details of the funding provided are set out in the ...

441. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51445/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department does not provide funding to any of the groups mentioned.
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457. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs to set out the funding provided by her Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51431/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Details of the funding provided by my Department to the members of the group and the nature of the disbursements in each of the past two years are set out in the following table:
 - 2015 2016 Purpose of payments BeLong To €199,585 €189,484 Provision of youth services ICTU (Irish Congress of Trade Unions) €6,925 €7,098 Youth Officer Grant Funding 
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465. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development to set out the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51443/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I assume the Deputy is referring to funding provided in 2017. However where allocations relate to multi-annual funding, these figures are given. Please see the following tables.
 Scheme of Supports for National Organisations in the C&V; Sector (SSNO) Funding Programme Period Amount€ National Women’s Council of Irl. 2016-2019 270,000 BelongTo 2016-2019 269,990 Rape Crisis Network Ireland 2016-2019 269,990 

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474. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the funding provided by her Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51436/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The information is not immediately available in my Department but is being compiled at present. My officials will write to the Deputy when it is available.
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512. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51440/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): An examination of records held by my Department indicates that in 2016 a payment of €48,700 was made to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in respect of a Student Housing Project Manager in the context of Rebuilding Ireland and that in 2017 €45,000 was paid to USI to support a Homes for Study Campaign.
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533. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding provided by her Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51433/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Josepha Madigan): I am advised that in the period in question my Department provided funding totalling €32,866 to one of the groups referred to the Deputy. The funding relates to International Women’s Day and FemFest for the years 2016 and 2017.
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540. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the funding provided by his Department to each member of a group (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51434/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department has not provided funding to any member of the referenced group.
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446. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if an extension to the period within which an early years capital grant of €50,000 must be spent by a community project (details supplied) in County Kilkenny will be approved in view of the fact that the building project is at roof level. (Question 50878/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): Similar to many government capital grant schemes, capital funding is made available to the Department of Children and Youth Affairs on an annual basis for use within that year.
In 2017, €8.4 million Early Years Capital funding was granted to service providers in a very competitive process to create new childcare places as well as increasing the quality of existing childcare facilities.
In particular for the largest grants under ...

447. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount that her Department has allocated to the learner fund each year since 2013; and the amount her Department has allocated for 2018. (Question 50965/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): The Learner Fund was first launched in 2013 but allocations have not taken place on a simple year by year basis, rather new phases of the Learner Fund have been launched on the basis of gauged demand and need in the Early Years sector.
Since 2013, there have been four phases of funding for further education courses in Early Childhood Care and Education accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), and two phases of fun...

451. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding that her Department has allocated to a programme (details supplied) in 2017. (Question 50970/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 451 to 455, inclusive, together.
The National Síolta Aistear initiative was established in late 2016. Its purpose is to provide central support and coordination of Síolta (The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education) and Aistear (The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) implementation across the Early Years sector. The Síolta Quality Assurance Programme (QAP) and professional de...

452. Deputy Anne Rabbitte asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding that her Department has allocated to a programme (details supplied) for 2018. (Question 50971/17 asked on 29 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): I propose to take Questions Nos. 451 to 455, inclusive, together.
The National Síolta Aistear initiative was established in late 2016. Its purpose is to provide central support and coordination of Síolta (The National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education) and Aistear (The Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) implementation across the Early Years sector. The Síolta Quality Assurance Programme (QAP) and professional de...