Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Questions (102)

Denis Naughten

Question:

102. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Taoiseach the funding that his Department or agencies under the remit of his Department have provided to projects in County Roscommon 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. [12534/19]

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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 Roscommon in 2016 was as follows:

Year

Organisation

Project

Amount

2016

Ballintubber Tidy Towns & Heritage Committee

Archaeology/

Anthropology Project

€2,000

2016

Boyle Arts Festival

Artists of the North West

€1,500

2016

Kilteevan Graveyard Committee

Towards a Parish Genealogy

€3,500

2016

Killynagh More Graveyard Committee

Recording of Graveyard memorials

€500

2016

Roscommon Chamber of Commerce

Ireland West Diaspora Project - Phase II Diaspora Engagement

€10,000

2016

RosFM Radio Ltd.

Undocumented Irish - A Voice Still Heard

€10,000

In addition to these projects, Roscommon 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.