292. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she has received a grant application in relation to a project (details supplied); the amount sought; the timeframe for assessing the application; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48692/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): The project referred to in the question is being developed and managed by Cork City Council and the Council is responsible for the delivery of the project. 
On 27 September 2017, Cork City Council made an application to my Department for a further grant of €10 million to assist in the development of the project. My Department is now assessing this application.  
There are complex legal, state aid and match funding issu...

110. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach the steps he has taken to ensure that grant aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his department; if so, the action he has taken; and if his department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards (Question 46101/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

The Taoiseach: The National Economic and Social Development Office (NESDO) is grant funded from my Department’s Vote. NESDO’s payments and accounting practices, including the use of credit cards for official purposes, are audited annually by the Comptroller & Auditor General.
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149. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation the steps she has taken to ensure that grant aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if her attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by her Department; if so, the action she has taken; if her Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46087/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Tánaiste and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): All grant aided bodies are subject to governance and accountability arrangements and are advised of their obligations under various Department of Public Expenditure and Reform circulars including the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies, Public Spending Code and the Management of and Accountability for Grants from the Exchequer Funds.  
The overall principle of the circular on the Management...

209. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance the steps he has taken to ensure that grant aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46094/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Disabled Drivers Medical Board of Appeal (DDMBA) is the only State agency funded by my Department.  The DDMBA issues no credit cards to staff or board members.  No concerns have been brought to my attention in relation to this body.  
In relation to credit card expenditure, my Department has not issued new procedures relating to credit cards expenditure in response to revelations relating to the charity Console. 
Departmental guidelines and over...

339. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he has taken to ensure that grant aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46092/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Education and Skills (Deputy Richard Bruton): Departmental grant funding to bodies is made in compliance with central guidelines, as set out in the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform’s Circular number 13 of 2014, “Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds.”  The aim of these procedures is to ensure that there is transparency and accountability in the management of public money having regard to economy, efficiency and effectiveness. This circular sets ...

455. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns about organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46095/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade (Deputy Simon Coveney): My Department is responsible for two votes - Vote 28 (Foreign Affairs and Trade) and Vote 27 (International Cooperation) and administers a number of funding schemes. A series of indicative grants to organisations is typically identified at the start of each year through the annual budgetary process. Payments are made subject to satisfactory grant appraisals. Grants to individual organisations under these schemes are made in line w...

585. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the steps she has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if her attention has been drawn to concerns relating to organisations funded by her Department; if so, the action she has taken; if her Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46090/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Heather Humphreys): All grants allocated and paid by my Department are administered in accordance with the provisions of the Department of Public and Expenditure Reform’s Circular 13/2014 on the Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds. My Department also operates a strict oversight and liaison regime in respect of all bodies and organisations in receipt of regular/annual funding, which is subject to ongoing review...

980. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46089/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): My Department complies with the provisions of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Circular 13/2014 - Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Funds. This Circular sets out the public financial rules to be followed in the management of grant funding and requires that there should be transparency and accountability in the management of public money, in line with the principles of eco...

1020. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46102/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): My Department provides funding under a range of different programmes to various bodies. All funding provided by the Department is paid and monitored in accordance with the Public Spending Code.
My Department’s Corporate Governance Framework (which was updated in February 2017) provides a clear and comprehensive overview of the corporate governance arrangements that exist and operate within the Department and is available to view on ...

1111. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the steps she has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if her attention has been drawn to concerns relating to organisations funded by her Department; if so, the action she has taken; if her Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46088/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs (Deputy Katherine Zappone): My Department provides funding directly to a wide range of organisations, ranging from statutory agencies under the aegis of my Department to community, voluntary and other organisations. All are engaged in the provision of specific services to children and young people. In discharging funds, my Department operates within the overall framework of Circular 13/2014 - Management of and Accountability for Grants from Exchequer Fun...

1151. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns over organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46100/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Rural and Community Development (Deputy Michael Ring): I am satisfied that the necessary arrangements are in place in my Department for the proper management and accountability of grant funding provided by my Department. 
My  Department has been assigned responsibility for the Charities Regulator, which is fully independent in the performance of its statutory functions. The general function of the Regulator is to regulate charitable organisations operating in Ireland, in order to in...

1211. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection the steps she has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if her attention has been drawn to concerns regarding organisations funded by her Department; if so, the action she has taken; if her Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46093/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The information requested is not immediately available in my Department but is being compiled at present and my officials will write to the Deputy when it is available.
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1318. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the steps he has taken to ensure that grant-aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46097/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): Grant funding is made available by my Department to relevant bodies and organisations in order to assist in the achievement of identified and agreed business objectives. Such funding is provided on the basis that all necessary requirements as detailed in grant assistance schemes are met by the bodies/organisations concerned and that appropriate systems and procedures are in place to ensure the exercise of proper financi...

1380. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the steps he has taken to ensure that grant aided organisations are spending their moneys appropriately in view of the revelations regarding a charity (details supplied) in 2016; if his attention has been drawn to concerns in relation to organisations funded by his Department; if so, the action he has taken; if his Department has issued new procedures regarding the use of credit cards; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46091/17 asked on 07 Nov 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Defence (Deputy Paul Kehoe): My Department provides grants to the Local Authorities in relation to running costs for Civil Defence and to the Irish Red Cross. Grants are paid in line with public financial procedures. Funding for Civil Defence operations is shared on a 70/30 basis between my Department and local authorities by way of an annual grant to each authority. The grant covers all allowable administration and running costs for Civil Defence in eac...

71. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if his attention has been drawn to the issue whereby section 39 organisations have not received extra funding to pay their employees the extra €1,000 from 1 April 2017 as provided to regular public sector workers; his plans to rectify the issue; the timeframes involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26407/17 asked on 21 Jun 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Health (Deputy Simon Harris): Section 39 of the Health Act 2004, provides that the HSE may ‘..give assistance to any person or body that provides or proposes to provide a service similar or ancillary to a service that the Executive may provide.’. Such assistance may range from contributing to the expenses incurred by that person or body to allowing them the use of an HSE premises. Financial assistance is provided in the form of a grant and the value of such grants can vary from ve...

612. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has been consulted by the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment regarding potential proposals to provide financial assistance to An Post; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12789/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has not raised with me any proposals to provide financial assistance to An Post.
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613. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has been consulted by the Minister for Health or the HSE on the cost of the deal made between the HSE and the IMO for the restoration of the living out allowance for non-consultant doctors and on proposals to fund the deal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12791/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The issue raised by the Deputy was the subject of deliberations between my Department and the Department of Health. Arising from this the Department of Health was informed that my Department was not in a position to provide  extra monies in 2017 to fund the expenditure involved in the restoration of the living out allowance. Accordingly, the Department of Health will be required to provide the funding in respect of this cost ...

260. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Finance if he will outline all funding announcements made by him or by his Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015, in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1059/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Finance Deputy Michael Noonan: There was no provision in the Vote for my Department for funding for projects for the years in question.
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623. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will outline all funding announcements made by him or by his Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015, in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1065/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Social Protection Deputy Leo Varadkar: The Westport INTREO office was completed in 2015 and officially opened on 26 May, 2015. 
 Project Status @ 31/12/2016 Funding (2014-2016) Westport INTREO Completed €1,011,492 
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698. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will outline all funding announcements made by him or by his Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015 in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1060/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Deputy Charles Flanagan: My Department administers a number of funding programmes including funding to Safe Home Programme Ltd based in Mulranny, Co. Mayo which assists older Irish born emigrants to return to secure accommodation in Ireland. The organisation negotiates with Councils and Housing Associations to secure housing throughout Ireland for applicants. It also provides an information and advisory service for anyone considering the move to Ireland and...

731. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will outline all funding announcements made by him or by his Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015, in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1064/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Deputy Paschal Donohoe: As the Deputy will be aware, the Government’s Capital Plan was announced on 29 September, 2015 and outlined exchequer capital spending of €27 billion over the next six years. In the 2016 Summer Economic Statement, the Government committed to additional capital investment of €5.14 billion over the period of the plan.
Individual Ministers will be able to advise on the range of projects in County Mayo that are being funded under the...

748. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs the status of a funding commitment to a project (details supplied) made recently; if recent announcements will impact on that commitment; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1049/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: In February 2015, 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 conside...

777. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if she will outline all funding announcements made by her or her Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015, in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1053/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs Deputy Heather Humphreys: My Department administers and delivers a wide range of programmes and measures, descriptions of which are available on its website at http://www.ahrrga.gov.ie/. The main funding announcement in relation to projects funded by my Department is made in the context of the publication of the annual Revised Estimates Volume. This contains details of the annual funding allocation to my Department at subhead l...

1123. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Health if he will outline all funding announcements made by him or by his Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015, in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1061/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Health Deputy Simon Harris: My Department administered a National Lottery Discretionary Fund in the years referred to by the Deputy from which once off grants were made to community and voluntary organisations providing a range of health related services. Lottery funding provided in each of the years amounted to €3.286 million. All grants allocated by the Fund have been drawn down to date.
A list of all the organisations in County Mayo that received lottery funding in 2015 and 201...

1495. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment if he will outline all funding announcements made by him or by his Department for projects in County Mayo since January 2015, in tabular form; the details of each project; the status of the project at 31 December 2016; the amount of funding drawn down at 31 December 2016; and the reason for the delay in the project or funding draw down. (Question 1055/17 asked on 17 Jan 2017 - Departmental Funding)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Deputy Denis Naughten: In the time available it has not been possible to gather the information sought. My Department is compiling the information requested and I will write to the Deputy with the information sought as a matter of urgency.
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