Written Answers. - Grant Schemes.

Trevor Sargent


56 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Finance the number and the nature of the various grant schemes which he has approved in respect of his Department and its subordinate agencies; the schedule for these schemes; the objective of each such scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [7932/96]

Neither my Department nor any of the agencies under the aegis of my Department, with the exception of the Office of Public Works, operate any grant schemes. I have approved a number of grant schemes operated by the Office of Public Works to alleviate difficulties arising as a result of the severe flooding in 1995. The schemes in question are as follows:

The Government humanitarian assistance: home relocation scheme made pursuant to the Commissioners of Public Works (Functions and Powers) Act, 1996. The scheme, in respect of which £750,000 was made available, is to enable the victims of the flooding who were rendered effectively homeless relocate their homes. This scheme will remain open until 1 June 1998.

A grant of £750,000 was made available by way of humanitarian aid to assist those throughout the country who, as a result of the flooding, suffered hardship. All of that grant, which was disbursed through the Irish Red Cross Society on strict humanitarian criteria, was expended in 1995.
A grant of £250,000 to assist a group of landowners in the Kiltiernan-Ballindereen area of south Galway to undertake a localised flood relief scheme to alleviate the problem in their area.