Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (101)

Denis Naughten

Question:

101. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Taoiseach the funding his Department or agencies under the remit of his Department have provided to projects in County Galway in each of the years 2016 to 2018 and to date in 2019, respectively; if the funding has been allocated; and if it has been drawn down in each case. [12517/19]

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Written answers (Question to Taoiseach)

In 2016, the Local Diaspora Engagement Fund (LDEF) provided assistance to local and community projects and initiatives throughout Ireland which were focused on developing strong diaspora links within the community. The fund was administered by the Department of the Taoiseach.

Funding provided and drawn down under the LDEF in County Galway in 2016 was as follows:

Year

Organisation

Project

Amount

2016

Áras Éanna Arts Centre

Reproducing Culture & Heritage Exhibitions

€4,000

2016

Galway Civic Trust

The Galway Tribal Diaspora Project

€4,000

2016

Larry Reynolds Irish Music, Heritage & Culture Group

Irish Music, Heritage & Culture weekend

€3,500

2016

Loughrea Medieval Festival

Loughrea Medieval Festival 2016

€1,000

2016

Moycullen Historical Society

Historic Homes & Graves Training

€3,000

2016

Muintearas Teo Galway

Cuairt Scoile Catholic Memorial

€2,000

2016

Omey Parishes

Historic Graves Training

€1,500

2016

Woodlawn Heritage Group

Woodlawn Diaspora Project

€3,000

In addition to these projects, Galway County Council received €10,000 in 2016 under the Local Diaspora Strategy Development Fund (LDSDF) which made up to €10,000 available for each Local Authority to invest in developing strategies for diaspora engagement at local and community level.

Diaspora funding was transferred to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade from 2017, and there has been no other funding schemes in operation in my Department in the years in question.