Written Answers - Child Care.

Wednesday, 2 May 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 535 No. 2

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  204.  Ms Fitzgerald  Information on Frances Fitzgerald  Zoom on Frances Fitzgerald   asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform  Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue   the number of applications in each county for child care support; the number per county applying for the provision of private child care plans; the number applying for community places; the amounts allocated in each category; and the current drawdown. [12502/01]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): Information on John O'Donoghue  Zoom on John O'Donoghue  Under my Department's Equal Opportunities Child Care Programme, 2000-2006, I have approved funding totalling more than £35.4 million to date to numerous child care groups or providers around the country through the provision of capital funding and, in the case of community based child care providers, staffing grants. Funding of £10 million has also been allocated for quality improvement measures such as to support and enhance the national voluntary child care organisations, to encourage the development of local child care networks and local child care training models. Table 1 which follows outlines the number of applications received, by county, under the following headings: capital grant to private sector or self-employed child care providers; capital grant to community based not for profit child care groups; staffing grant to community based not for profit child care groups.

County Private Sector/Self-employedprovider Capital Community based/Not-for-profitgroups Capital Community based/Not-for-profitgroups Staffing Total
Carlow 3 3 5 11
Cavan 3 6 11 20
Clare 5 7 8 20
Cork 26 29 37 92
Donegal 9 15 22 46
Dublin 49 40 74 163
Galway 16 16 27 59
Kerry 6 10 22 38
Kildare 21 2 5 28
Kilkenny 11 1 5 17
Laois 6 5 5 16
Leitrim 6 8 16 30
Limerick 9 3 15 27
Longford 8 2 7 17
Louth 9 3 3 15
Mayo 5 7 19 31
Meath 12 0 2 14
Monaghan 1 10 8 19
Offaly 8 0 4 12
Roscommon 5 5 8 18
Sligo 1 5 8 14
Tipperary 4 11 12 27
Waterford 8 5 7 20
Westmeath 4 2 9 15
Wexford 11 7 12 30
Wicklow 8 6 5 19
Total 254 208 356 818

The Deputy has also asked for details of the funding allocated under each of the categories outlined above. Table 2 details the level of funding committed to date per county under these three headings.

Table 3 provides details of the draw down of [803] funding by the project promoters for the period up to 30 March 2001. In the case of capital grant applications, the difference between the amounts committed and the amounts paid out reflects the fact that payments are made in stages as work progresses. In many cases, building contractors are unable to begin work on projects as soon as had been expected due to other work commitments. In the case of staffing support applications to community-based not-for-profit groups, the [804] difference between the amounts committed and the amounts drawn down reflects the fact that the grants are allocated over a three year period and the requirements placed on groups in relation to recruitment procedures. I have been informed by my Department's equal opportunties childcare section that there will be a marked increase in the actual expenditure by the end of the next quarter. Funding has also been drawn down to date by projects approved funding under the quality improvement category.

Table 2 – Funding approved by county under Capital and staffing grant measures up to 30/04/01

County Number of grants approved to date Capital grants to Private Sector/ Self-employed providers£IR Capital grants to Community based/ Not-for-profit groups£IR Staffing grants to Community based/ Not-for-profit groups£IR Total Approved per county£IR
Carlow 4 12,424 0 251,725 264,149
Cavan 11 0 154,644 441,202 595,846
Clare 5 97,950 47,000 31,200 176,150
Cork 51 318,281 1,209,415 3,286,525 4,814,221
Donegal 20 159,517 526,265 429,131 1,114,913
Dublin 92 676,099 3,586,393 6,680,145 10,942,637
Galway 30 112,136 446,586 1,169,685 1,728,407
Kerry 25 66,700 1,114,404 1,688,327 2,869,431
Kildare 12 186,293 19,226 255,258 460,777
Kilkenny 5 110,600 0 107,108 217,708
Laois 6 17,056 3,625 300,368 321,049
Leitrim 18 51,529 682,780 859,930 1,594,239
Limerick 15 55,978 5,000 1,301,367 1,362,345
Longford 9 142,100 18,256 513,250 673,606
Louth 5 35,803 134,210 475,100 645,113
Mayo 17 108,437 67,662 774,300 950,399
Meath 6 163,035 0 0 163,035
Monaghan 8 6,500 339,300 284,900 630,700
Offaly 7 54,064 0 94,187 148,251
Roscommon 12 114,585 35,325 375,969 525,879
Sligo 9 6,403 136,013 434,425 576,841
Tipperary 10 45,325 10,000 657,674 712,999
Waterford 13 150,198 98,862 708,435 957,495
Westmeath 6 42,600 0 476,158 518,758
Wexford 17 74,800 1,231,464 955,098 2,261,362
Wicklow 8 128,975 12,000 116,490 257,465
Total 421 2,937,388 9,878,430 22,667,957 35,483,775

Table 3 – Drawdown of funding approved by county under capital and staffing grant measures up to 30/03/01

County Capital funding for Private Sector/ Self-employed providers£IR Capital funding for Community based/ Not-for-profit groups£IR Staffing funding Community based/ Not-for-profit groups£IR Total drawdown by county up to 30/03/01£IR
Carlow 0 0 20,000 20,000
Cavan 0 30,000 28,175 58,175
Clare 24,000 0 20,000 44,000
Cork 69,906 200,000 260,000 529,906
Donegal 63,800 0 60,000 123,800
Dublin 143,245 222,463 450,000 815,708
Galway 37,906 16,500 60,000 114,406
Kerry 4,613 254,980 180,000 439,593
Kildare 33,953 0 20,000 53,953
Kilkenny 40,000 0 0 40,000
Laois 5,753 0 60,000 65,753
Leitrim 9,589 112,532 80,000 202,121
Limerick 37,696 3,000 100,000 140,696
Longford 28,000 0 80,000 108,000
Louth 17,803 0 0 17,803
Mayo 12,000 0 20,000 32,000
Meath 40,999 10,383 0 51,382
Monaghan 4,875 42,750 60,000 107,625
[805] County Capital funding for Private Sector/ Self-employed providers£IR Capital funding for Community based/ Not-for-profit groups£IR Staffing funding Community based/ Not-for-profit groups£IR Total drawdown by county up to 30/03/01£IR
Offaly 7,674 0 20,000 27,674
Roscommon 28,000 12,994 60,000 100,994
Sligo 0 10,313 80,000 90,313
Tipperary 0 3,000 80,000 83,000
Waterford 32,212 50,759 20,000 102,971
Westmeath 0 0 80,000 80,000
Wexford 36,640 53,379 80,000 170,019
Wicklow 35,000 0 20,000 55,000
Total 713,664 1,023,053 1,938,175 3,674,892

Progress in relation to the report's recommendations is, as I am sure the Deputy will appreciate, in view of the complexities of the issue and the multiplicity of service providers involved, at various levels and stages.


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