Tuesday, 26 April 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): The Dormant Accounts Fund Disbursements Board approved a grant of €121,907 in February 2005 for this centre for the purpose of setting up an after school and homework club. This centre has also received funding in the past under the area-based rural development initiative and it is open to the community council to make an application to South West Mayo Development Company Limited for the purpose outlined in the Deputy’s question. It is also open to the group to apply for funding under the programme of grants for locally based community and voluntary organisations operated by my Department. The 2005 programme will be open for applications in the coming months.
324. Mr. Carey asked the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if any discussions here taken place with the Department of Enterprise Trade and Employment to develop and extend a model of community support along the lines of the community employment schemes; his proposals for developing a scheme using the €5 million allocated to his Department in the budget for 2005; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13462/05]
Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs (Éamon Ó Cuív): I have had discussions with the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment regarding the possibility of the transfer of responsibility for the social economy programme to me. Discussions between our two Departments are ongoing with regard to the practicalities of such a move. It is in this context and in the context of our experience with programmes such as the rural social scheme that the best use of the funding referred to by the Deputy is being considered.
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