Written Answers - Emigrant Services.

Tuesday, 12 October 2004

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 590 No. 1

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  123.  Mr. O’Connor  Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   the funding he is providing to organisations dealing with issues relating to Irish people living in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24243/04]

  126.  Mr. O’Connor  Information on Charlie O'Connor  Zoom on Charlie O'Connor   asked the Minister for Foreign Affairs  Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern   if assistance is being given to services under an Irish abroad heading in Brent, London, which is twinned with South Dublin County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24394/04]

Minister for Foreign Affairs (Mr. D. Ahern): Information on Dermot Ahern  Zoom on Dermot Ahern  I propose to take Questions Nos. 123 and 126 together.

The DION fund, through which the Government funds services to emigrants in Britain, has more than quadrupled in the past five years. This year Government funding for emigrant support stands overall at €5 million, representing an increase of some two thirds over 2003. Most of this funding goes to organisations in Britain, with 57 different bodies there having already benefited from support this year. Further support will be allocated between now and the end of the year. A summary follows of DION grants to date in 2004 to organisations in Britain.

I share the Deputy’s commitment to supporting services for the Irish in Brent. Brent and the surrounding boroughs are home to a significant proportion of London’s Irish community. In July, my predecessor approved a grant of €100,000 to the Brent Irish Advisory Service, a voluntary organisation which provides advice, information and support services to Irish people in need. I can assure the Deputy of the Government’s strong commitment to supporting organisations which provide front-line assistance to our emigrants in Britain.

Summary of DION Grants in 2004

Existing Projects
Safe Home Programme Ltd., Mulranny, Co Mayo 110,000
Aisling ‘Return to Ireland’ project, Camden 41,650
Acton Homeless Concern, North London 56,300
Age Concern Ealing Borough, West London 43,000
Age Concern Hackney Borough. North East London 21,800
Birmingham Irish Community Forum Ltd. (2nd tier) 33,750
Blackfriars Advice Centre, South London 39,650
Brent Irish Advisory Service (BIAS), North West London 100,000
Broadway — Day Centre and Night Shelter, London 32,000
Cairde na nGael — Newham & District Friends of Ireland, London 51,600
Camden Elderly Irish Network (CEIN), North London 30,550
CARA Housing Association — Traveller Advice Service, Haringey 22,600
The Connection at St. Martin’s, Central London 23,700
Coventry Irish Society (formerly ICARG) 77,700
Cricklewood Homeless Concern, North London (2 projects) 96,300
Federation of Irish Societies (Community Care) (2nd tier) 65,900
Finsbury Park Street Drinkers Initiative (FPSDI), North London 33,000
Gloucester Emergency Accommodation Resource (GEAR) 13,000
Haringey Irish Cultural & Community Care Centre North London 82,850
Immigrant Counselling & Psychotherapy (ICAP) (2 projects) 92,000
Irish Commission for Prisoners Overseas (ICPO) 110,000
Irish Centre Housing — Job Powerhouse project, North London 32,600
Irish Community Care Merseyside (2 projects) 108,850
Irish Community Care Manchester (2 projects) 98,600
Irish Welfare & Information Centre, Birmingham (2 projects) 151,350
Irish in Greenwich Project (2 projects), East London 92,600
Irish Charitable Trust / Irish Support & Advice Service, Hammersmith 70,000
Irish Travellers Movement (ITM) (2nd tier) 47,150
Leeds Irish Health and Homes (LIHH) 83,700
Lewisham Irish Community Centre, South London 29,700
Leicester Irish Forum 21,000
London Irish Centre Charity Camden (LICC) (3 projects) 159,650
London Irish Elders’ Forum (LIEF) (2nd tier) 42,000
London Irish Women’s Centre (LIWC) (2 projects) 87,300
London Gypsy and Traveller Unit (LGTU) 64,500
Luton Irish Forum 35,150
The Maya Counselling Centre, Islington, North London 18,200
New Horizon Youth Centre, Central London 32,000
NOAH Enterprise, Luton 56,100
Northampton Irish Support Group 41,650
The Passage — Day Centre and Night Shelter, Central London 38,350
Rehab Irish Elders’ Resource Centre, Coventry 54,800
Safe Start Foundation, Cricklewood, North London 38,550
Sheffield Gypsy and Traveller Support Group 18,400
The Simon Community, London 39,750
Southwark Irish Pensioners Project (SIPP), South London 66,400
Southwark Travellers’ Action Group (STAG), South London 58,750
South London Irish Welfare Society, Wimbledon 69,050
St. Mungo’s Housing Association, London 28,750
Kilburn Irish Pensioners Club, North London 3,000
Tara Irish Pensioners Club, North London 3,000
New Projects
Federation of Irish Societies (Capacity Building project) 270,000
Arlington Action Group, Camden, North London 30,350
Federated Irish Association Nottingham & Notts (FIANN) 36,400
Sheffield Irish People’s Support & Development Group 44,400
Sandwell Irish Society, West Midlands 35,300
The Emerald Circle, Harrow, North West London 3,000
GAA London Schools Board education project 32,000
Total Grants approved to date 3,319,700

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