That a supplementary sum not exceeding £353,000 be granted to defray the charge which will come in course of payment during the year ending on the 31st day of March, 1969, for Grants-in-Aid to Universities and Colleges and to the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
The Supplementary Estimate is required to enable additional grants to be made as follows:
(a) £218,000 to pay increases in the salaries of the academic staffs of three colleges of the National University of Ireland, Trinity College and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies;
(b) £130,000 towards reduction of the deficit in the accounts of University College, Dublin, and
(c) £5,000 to meet the grant shortfall in respect of current commitments on publications by the School of Celtic Studies of the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies.
The pay increases being provided for are those resulting from the application of the 11th round of nine per cent to the staffs of the four university colleges and the Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies. The supplementary amounts being provided relate to the period 1st June, 1968, to 31st March, 1969, and are as follows:
It is estimated that on the basis of current revenue and expenditure there would be a deficit of £130,000 in the accounts of the college in the case of UCD for the year ending 30th June, 1969. This position could not have been accurately foreseen at the stage of the preparation of the original Estimate for the financial year 1968-69. It is proposed, accordingly, to make good this deficit by way of the Supplementary Estimate.
A sum of £5,000 is being provided for the School of Celtic Studies to meet the shortfall between the expenditure incurred and the grant provided for publications in the current year. Expenditure on publications is subject to relatively wide fluctuations and it is difficult to anticipate the incidence of expenditure arising in each particular year. An amount of £13,000 is due for payment by the School of Celtic Studies in respect of publications in 1968-69, compared with the sum of £8,000 originally provided for the purpose in the relevant section of the subhead of the Vote.