Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Questions (560)

John McGuinness

Question:

560. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Justice and Equality to detail the organisations or persons that are being funded from Government sources to provide a missing persons helpline and the amount received by each; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31710/13]

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Written answers (Question to Justice)

Missing in Ireland Support Services (MISS) is a non- profit organisation which provides support to families and friends of Missing Persons. They have been receiving funding from the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime since 2007. The funding is used to pay the salary and other costs of their Helpline Co-Ordinator who co-ordinates support activities and builds awareness among the public of their service and provides administrative support to the organisation. The MISS helpline, catering to families and friends of all missing people is a different service to the 116000 number.

The Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime has allocated €26,200 in funding to MISS since 2011 as outlined in the table and my Department also provides accommodation for MISS.

Year

Amount granted

2013

€8,600

2012

€8,600

2011

€9,000