Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Questions (178)

Terence Flanagan

Question:

178. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her Department will support financially and in other ways the strategic plan for the Artane School of Music 2013-16; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [51041/13]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

The Department of Children and Youth Affairs supports the provision of a range of services for children and young people. An amount of €434m has been made available to my Department in 2013 for these services which include, for example, the free pre school year in the Early Childhood Care and Education and other childcare programmes, the family support services currently provided by the Family Support Agency, the School Completion Programme and supports to the youth sector for youth services throughout the country including those for young people who are in disadvantaged communities.

The activities of the Artane School of Music do not come within the scope of the funding schemes administered by my Department and appear to be more appropriate to the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.