Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Grants under Blind Persons Act.

asked the Minister for Local Government and Public Health if he will state the several authorities and institutions to which grants were made in each of the last three financial years under the Blind Persons Act, 1920, in respect of (a) workshops for the blind, (b) homes and hostels, (c) school residences, and (d) miscellaneous services, and the number of blind persons concerned and the expenditure incurred in each case.

The information required by the Deputy will be published in tabular form in the official report.

The following statement shows the Institutions to the Authorities of which the sums indicated were issued in each of the financial years 1933/'34, 1934/'35 and 1935/'36, in respect of the services mentioned in the question, the number of Blind persons in each Institution and the services provided.

Name of Institution

1933/'34

1934/'35

1935/'36

No. of Blind persons in Institutions

Total issues from Blind Welfare Grant

No. of Blind persons in Institutions

Total issues from Blind Welfare Grant

No. of Blind persons in Institutions

Total issues from Blind Welfare Grant

Service

£

s.

d.

£

s.

d.

£

s.

d.

St. Mary's Institution for the Blind, Merrion

217

4,276

15

7

216

4,395

3

0

215

4,146

3

7

Workshop, Hostel, School Residence and Home.

St. Joseph's Asylum for Male Blind, Drumcondra

94

1,558

4

9

95

1,608

6

2

94

1,650

5

4

Do. do.

Richmond National Institution for the Industrious Blind, Dublin

51

913

17

0

51

977

6

0

48

877

1

0

Workshop, Hostel, and School Residence.

County and City of Cork Asylum for the Blind

45

780

0

7

46

780

5

0

49

830

8

7

Workshop, Hostel, School Residence and Home.

Incorporated Home for Protestant Incurables, Cork

3

40

11

7

3

37

14

0

3

37

19

2

Home.

Asylum for Blind Females, Limerick

3

39

0

0

2

21

19

0

4

26

0

0

Home.

NOTE.—The issues from the Grant are calculated on a capitation basis in respect of the total average attendances during each financial year; and are not based on the expenditure in connection with each Institution. Assistance from the Grant is not given to the Local Authorities.