Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Dáil Éireann Debate
220. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Social Protection if he will ensure that funding remains in place for an organisation (details supplied) in budget 2011; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46021/10]
Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív): The Department has invested significant funding to the organisation concerned over the years in support of the services it provides within the Dublin North-Central and Dublin North-East areas. In 2010, funding of some €386,000 has been approved.
The funding is provided under the scheme of grants for the development and promotion of information and welfare rights. Applications for grants are made by way of completing and submitting an application form annually. In considering previous applications the Department has advised the organisation to secure funding from more appropriate revenue sources in the public and private sectors. While acknowledging that progress has been made by the organisation in developing additional revenue streams through its own activity, the Department remains the primary funder.
With regard to continued funding by the Department, applications for funding in 2011 will be considered early next year, giving due consideration to the financial resources available in the context of the upcoming budget. Officials will meet the organisation to discuss this further at that time. In this regard the Department will contact the organisation shortly.
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