Tuesday, 23 November 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
127. Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Finance the amount of money that has been paid annually since 2002 to registered charities; if he will specify which charities, on the subject of institutional and religious abuse and the way the Government has monitored the spend of these funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [43709/10]
Minister for Finance (Deputy Brian Lenihan): The Scheme of Payments to the Promoters of Certain Charitable Lotteries is paid from the Vote for my Department. The total amount of funding paid to charities under the Scheme was €7.618m in each of the years 2002, 2003 and 2004, €7.730m in 2005 and €8.618m in the years 2005 to 2009 inclusive.
Details of the amounts paid to each of the charities under this Scheme in each of the years 2002 to 2008 appears under the Appropriation Account for Vote 6 (Office of the Minister for Finance), in the Comptroller and Auditor General’s website, for each of those years. Similar information in relation to payments under the Scheme for 2009 can be found on my Department’s website.
Under the terms of the Scheme, applicants for funding are required to provide an auditor’s letter confirming that any funding received under the Scheme in the preceding year has been spent on the charitable activities of the organisation. Monies received under the Scheme must be shown separately in the audited accounts of the charity. The following payments were made to registered charities since 2002 from the Vote for the Office of Public Works: A contribution of €1,000 to the 2003 Special Olympics World Summer Games Ltd. (organisers of the Games) in January 2003; and the Office of Public Works set up various humanitarian aid schemes for victims of flooding in the years 2002-2004. These schemes were administered by the Irish Red Cross with funding provided by the Office of Public Works. Details of the funding provided are as follows:
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