25. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Taoiseach the investment by his Department since March 2016 in County Louth and parts of east County Meath. (Question 34987/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017)

The Taoiseach: The funding provided to County Louth and County Meath by my Department since March 2016 is set out in the following table.

Organisation County Programme Amount
Drogheda & District Chamber of Commerce Louth Local Diaspora Engagement Fund €5,000
Gleeson Clan Gathering 2016 Organising Committee Meath Local Diaspora Engagement Fund €3,000
Louth County Council Louth Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund €10,000

In 2016 a total of 106 local and community projects around the country were approved for funding under the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund (the total amount of the fund in 2016 was €350,000).

In 2016 the Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund made up to €10,000 available for each Local Authority to invest in developing strategies for diaspora engagement at local and community level.

These funds were administered by the Department of the Taoiseach in 2016. Funding for local diaspora initiatives was transferred from the Department of the Taoiseach to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade in 2017.

As the Deputy will be aware investment in County Louth and County Meath has been made across many Departments and is not limited to this Department.