Thursday, 15 February 1996
Dáil Éireann Debate
58. Mr. Flood asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs whether he has received an application for increased funding from the Bostonbased Irish immigration centre; if so, the plans, if any, he has to accede to this request; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3496/96]
Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. Spring): In September 1995 I announced the allocation of £150,000 ($241,500) in grants to groups in the United States which work on behalf of Irish immigrants. The Irish immigration centre in Boston received £21,428 ($34,500) which was an increase of £5,194 ($9,500) on the grant they received in 1994.
A sum of £150,000 will be available again this year to voluntary organisations in the US providing advice and counselling services to Irish immigrants. I am not in a position to indicate at this stage the organisations which will receive grants or how much they will receive.
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