Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Questions (130)

Willie O'Dea

Question:

130. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated full-year cost if the budget for the Civil Defence increased by 12.5%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16249/19]

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Written answers (Question to Defence)

My Department provides funding to local authorities to assist them in the provision of Civil Defence services. This funding is intended to meet a proportion (70%) of the annual operating costs of Civil Defence in the local authorities - plus grants for equipment, training exercises and other miscellaneous costs.

The amount provided for Civil Defence in the Defence Vote for 2019 is €4.74m. This amount includes a once-off allocation of €0.5m from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The full-year Exchequer cost of increasing the budget for Civil Defence by 12.5%, excluding the Dormant Accounts allocation, would be €0.53m.