82. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the funding provided by her Department to the European Consumer Centre, Dublin, in each of the years 2013 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44167/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

83. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the persons appointed by her Department to the board of the European Consumer Centre, Dublin; the number of male and female board members; the date of first appointment of each board member; the number of terms served by each board member; when the term of office of each current board member will expire, in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44168/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

84. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation if appointments to the board of the European Consumer Centre, Dublin, made since November 2014 have been made in line with Government guidelines on appointments to State boards, including public advertisement of vacancies on stateboards.ie; if appointments to the board of the ECC Dublin are made in line with section 4.5 of the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies on terms of appointment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44169/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): I propose to take Questions Nos. 82 to 84, inclusive, together.
ECC Ireland is a company limited by guarantee without a share capital. It is a non-profit organisation and registered as a charity with the Charities Regulatory Authority. 
Companies limited by guarantee (CLG) operate under Part 18 of the Companies Act 2014. Sections 1194-1198 of the Act apply in relation to the appointment of Directors to ...

230. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the amount of funding per annum charities and government agencies (details supplied) received for 2016 or the nearest available year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43658/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): The National Women’s Council of Ireland received €400,000 from the Department of Justice and Equality.
The Rape Crisis Network Ireland received €85,000 from the Department of Justice and Equality.
The Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission is accountable directly to the Oireachtas and is funded through Vote 25. The final appropriation accounts for 2016 are currently awaited, but the estimate provision was €6...

339. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Health the amount of funding per annum charities and Government agencies (details supplied) received for 2016 or the nearest available year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43659/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): My Department administered a National Lottery Discretionary Fund up to and including 2016 from which once-off grants were paid to community and voluntary organisations providing a range of health related services. The 2016 National Lottery Fund provided a grant of €24,075 to the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI) to fund the World Congress on Women’s Mental Health in March 2017. The other organisations named by the Deputy were not awarded Nati...

532. Deputy Pat Deering asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of funding per annum a charity (details supplied) received for 2016 or the nearest available year; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43661/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): My Department provides funding to the organisation in question through the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO). This scheme provides multi-annual funding to national organisations towards the core costs associated with the provision of their services. The current three year scheme commenced on 1 July 2016. Following a competitive application process, the organisation in question was allocated a total of €269,960 o...

174. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the funding Cork County Council has applied for across all available funding lines within his Department; and the amounts that have been drawn down. (Question 43086/17 asked on 11 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I assume the Deputy is referring to my Department’s funding allocations for 2017 under the range of programmes and supports my Department funds.
Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP)
The SICAP allocation to Cork County Council for 2017 is €1,867,129, of which some €1,865,721 has been drawn down to date.
Communities Facilities Scheme  
The Local Community Development Committees and Municipal District, under ...

640. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the amount of moneys prepaid by his Department for all schemes to local authorities towards the close of 2016 for work to be carried out in 2017; the amount of expenditure allocated to each county, by programme; the expenditure that had been incurred up to the end of September in each case; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43005/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): As part of the Government’s programme to support rural development, a number of initiatives including CLÁR, the Rural Recreation Scheme, the Town and Village Renewal Scheme, and REDZ (Rural Economic Development Zones) were launched by my Department during 2016.  In general, these initiatives were implemented through the Local Authorities. 
All funding was made available in line with the sanction received from the Department of P...

256. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if he will provide funding to an organisation (details supplied) that is overseeing the regeneration of an area as a cultural and social hub in County Donegal to employ a full-time administrator to oversee the ongoing projects; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41034/17 asked on 28 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I understand that the organisation referred to by the Deputy has contacted the Leader Local Action Group in the area regarding potential Leader funding for a project.  However, no formal application for funding has yet been submitted to the Local Action Group.  
I am advised that Leader funding would not cover the costs of providing a full time administrator for a project, although other elements of the project may be eligible f...

69. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht her views on whether the State investment in a centre (details supplied) is value for money. (Question 40521/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): In February 2016, my Department approved a grant to the local authority in question towards the cost of construction of the project referred to by the Deputy, subject to the standard conditions that apply to all such capital grants. 
I understand that the options for developing the proposed project are now under review. My Department is liaising with the local authority on the matter and will consider any new proposals...

77. Deputy Martin Heydon asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the funding available from her Department to local heritage groups to support the conservation of protected structures and buildings; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40714/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): My role, as Minister, with regard to the protection and management of our built heritage, is set out in the provisions of relevant legislation, as are the roles of local authorities and the responsibilities of owners as regards heritage assets. 
Financial support is delivered by my Department for the protection of heritage buildings under structured schemes which are administered via the local authorities.
The Built He...

167. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Health if an increased budget will be made available to support the volunteering infrastructure; if in this context additional funding will be made available in 2018 for the volunteer centres in counties Longford and Westmeath that have a significant increase in activity in 2017 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 41004/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): The Department of Health does not directly fund volunteering organisations. Any funding provided would be by the Health Service Executive in the context of Budget 2018 and in the HSE National Service Plan.
 ...

175. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to fund the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, supplies in budget 2018 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40137/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I propose to take questions 175 and 177 together.
The UNFPA is one of Ireland’s UN partners, and the agency’s work is closely aligned with many of the areas identified in Ireland’s Policy for International Development ‘One World, One Future ’. 
Hundreds of thousands of women and girls die each year in developing countries from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Improved maternal and reproductive h...

177. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade his plans to increase core funding to the United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA, in budget 2018 (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40150/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Ciarán Cannon): I propose to take questions 175 and 177 together.
The UNFPA is one of Ireland’s UN partners, and the agency’s work is closely aligned with many of the areas identified in Ireland’s Policy for International Development ‘One World, One Future ’. 
Hundreds of thousands of women and girls die each year in developing countries from complications in pregnancy and childbirth. Improved maternal and reproductive h...

216. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 345 of 26 July 2017, if he will provide a copy of the most recent year end report to his Department in respect of funding provided to Enterprise Ireland outlining its activities and utilisation of this funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39108/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): During 2016 Enterprise Ireland (EI) spent €7.8 million on training activities during 2016. The National Training Fund contribution to funding these activities was €3.5 million with the balance of support coming from exchequer funding from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation. Enterprise Ireland provides management development and training supports for Irish enterprise. 
The end of year reports ...

217. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 345 of 26 July 2017, the reason there are different arrangements in place with organisations that receive funding from his Department; the reason there is not a standard service level agreement in place to ensure a consistency of governance in relation to spending in view of the fact that there are various types of agreements in place by his Department with different organisations (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39109/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Departmental funding is disbursed in line with the overall principle that there should be transparency and accountability in the management of public money having regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness and in compliance with the central guidelines, as set out in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Circular number 13 of 2014. 
The Department provides funding to a range of bodies, which differ in their relationships...

218. Deputy Sean Fleming asked the Minister for Education and Skills further to Parliamentary Question No. 345 of 26 July 2017, if he will provide a copy of the most recent year end report to his department in respect of funding provided to the IDA outlining its activities and utilisation of this funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39110/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Education and Skills (Deputy John Halligan): €3m was paid to the IDA from the National Training Fund in 2016. The 2016 report on activity is provided. It should be noted that the IDA Training Grants Programme is also supported through exchequer funding from the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.
Training Grants to Industry – IDA Ireland
 - 2016€000 2015€000 2014 €000 2013€000 2012€000 Estimate Provision 3,000 3,000 3,000 3...

219. Deputy Willie O’Dea asked the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of funding his Department allocates to Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board on an annual basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39155/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): In 2016, my Department provided funding totalling over €65 million to Limerick and Clare ETB.
This figure includes funding for the pay of certain ETB staff (including teachers), funding for the day-to-day running of schools, specific grants (e.g. book grant, transition year programme), targeted expenditure (e.g. DEIS funding), funding for student grants, funding for capital projects (which can vary from year to year depending on number o...

549. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated amount the payment increase per hectare would be per proposals (details supplied), in tabular form. (Question 39455/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Based on the figures outlined in the Deputy’s question, the relevant increases in payments per hectare would be as follows: 
 Additional Funding – Millions Increase per hectare for first 10 hectares of Mountain Type lands €2.5 €8.80 €5 €17.60 €7.5 €26.39 €10 €35.19 €12.5 €43.99 €15 €52.79 €17.5 €61.58 €20 €70.38 
 ...

550. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the estimated amount the payment increase per hectare would be per proposals (details supplied), in tabular form. (Question 39456/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): Based on the figures outlined in the Deputy’s question, the relevant increases in payments per hectare would be as follows:
 Proposed Additional Funding – Millions Increase per hectare for first 10 hectares of More Severely Handicapped lands €2.5 €4.51 €5 €9.03 €7.5 €13.54 €10 €18.05 €12.5 €22.56 €15 €27.08 €17.5 €31.59 €20 €36.10 
 ...

478. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the investment made by his Department in the Cavan, Monaghan and north Meath area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37645/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department administers a number of funding programmes, including Ireland’s official overseas development programme, Irish Aid. As part of Irish Aid, funding is provided through the annual Development Education Grants Scheme for projects aimed at promoting awareness of and engagement with global development and justice issues. Information on Development Education grants is available on the Irish Aid website www.irishaid.ie.
Since...

713. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if her Department has received a request for additional funding for a project (details supplied) in Cork city in addition to the €12 million already committed by the Government; the process in order to assess such funding requests; the timeframe for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38114/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The project referred to by the Deputy is being developed and managed by Cork City Council and the Council is responsible for the delivery of the project. My Department allocated €12 million to the City Council 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.
Cork City...

720. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of discussions with Cork City Council for further funding of the Cork event centre; the discussions which have taken place to date; the number of times she or her officials have met Cork City Council officials and the contractor on the issue; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38245/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The Cork Event Centre is a project being developed and managed by Cork City Council and the Council is responsible for the delivery of the project. My Department allocated €12 million to the City Council towards the cost of the Centre. 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.
Cork City Counci...

1292. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 709 of 28 February 2017, the sources and amounts of funding to a company (details supplied) in each of the years 2010 to 2016 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36866/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): My Department has provided no direct funding to this company in the years specified (2010-16 and to date in 2017).  It should be noted that the Marine Institute may, in accordance with section 4 (3) (c) of the Marine Institute Act 1991, enter into joint ventures so as to undertake or further the application of marine research and this company is such a joint venture.   
The sources and amounts of funding to this company  in th...

1489. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of extra funding that was made available to Donegal County Council to enable repair work on roads, bridges and so on in the aftermath of flooding in County Donegal during the week of 22 August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37783/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of the local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the local authority’s own resources supplemented by State road grants.  The initial selection and prioritisation of works to be funded is also a matter for the local authority.
Following the flooding, Donegal Cou...