Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Council of Europe Resettlement Fund.

Wednesday, 9 May 1984

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 350 No. 2

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Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs the reason Ireland has not participated in the Resettlement Fund of the Council of Europe, thereby depriving local and other authorities of the right to participate in low interest loans in the field of regional development, housing and other matters covered by the resettlement fund scheme.

Mr. P. Barry: Information on Peter Barry  Zoom on Peter Barry  The question of Irish participation in the Resettlement Fund of the Council of Europe has been reviewed from time to time. Ireland has not become a member of the fund because of the limited scope for borrowing available from the fund as compared to other sources. Also, the fund offers terms which are less attractive than are available elsewhere — for example, from the European Investment Bank. Accession to the fund could also involve a departure from current policy in regard to loan guarantees and exchange risk guarantees.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  Has this country ever made a contribution towards that fund? What is the amount of the fund and do we have any interest or rights in it?

Mr. P. Barry: Information on Peter Barry  Zoom on Peter Barry  We have never contributed to the fund but that does not mean that we will not do so in the future. I believe the fund lent £250 million last year but I do not know the exact size of the fund. I can get that information for the Deputy and send it to him.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  For what purposes is the fund available?

Mr. P. Barry: Information on Peter Barry  Zoom on Peter Barry  The fund was originally set up to deal with the relocation of refugees in Europe about 30 years ago. The fund is being investigated at present because it appears to have expanded its role beyond what was originally intended. The participating states feel it needs to have its role defined and they [489] are doing that at present. The fund will probably have a new mandate and a new role later this year and we will be looking at it to see if we should join.

Mr. Taylor: Information on Mervyn Taylor  Zoom on Mervyn Taylor  Will it be open to this country to participate in the fund and to use the money for housing purposes?

Mr. P. Barry: Information on Peter Barry  Zoom on Peter Barry  If we join the fund it will be open to us to use the money for housing purpose as part of the fund is intended for resettlement purposes.


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