Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (133)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

133. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he will provide a breakdown in the funding, by year, for various projects his Department has funded in an area (details supplied) from 2007 to date in 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21626/13]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

As the Deputy is aware, my Department, which was established in June 2011, administers and delivers a wide range of programmes and measures, descriptions of which are available on its website at http://www.ahg.gov.ie/. While expenditure under these programme areas takes place countrywide, it is not possible to give a county-by-county breakdown of that expenditure. For example, a number of my Department’s programmes are delivered through agencies and other intermediary bodies that operate across county boundaries and in respect of which there is no detailed breakdown on a county basis held by my Department. In addition, groups and organisations that receive grants directly from my Department are not necessarily constituted on a single-county basis.

In view of the wide range of my Department’s schemes and programmes, and the large volumes of payments and grants thereunder on an ongoing basis, it is not clear that it would be feasible to compile and collate the breakdown of expenditure sought by the Deputy. However, if the Deputy has specific queries relating to a particular programme or grant, I would be glad to seek to provide him with relevant information in that regard. Similarly, if the Deputy would like specific information in relation to a particular scheme, I would be glad to arrange to have any such request from him examined.