Thursday, 18 April 2019

Questions (283)

Catherine Murphy


283. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development further to Parliamentary Question No. 614 of 4 December 2018, if he has conducted an historical review of funding to an organisation (details supplied); if he is satisfied all grants were used for the purpose for which they were granted; if he has granted funding to the organisation in 2019; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18380/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

The Department of Rural and Community Development does not currently fund the organisation in question from any of its programmes, and has no plans to so in the future.

However, funding for the period covering 2011 to 30 June 2014 totalling €128,542 issued from the then Department of Environment, Community and Local Government under the Scheme to Support National Organisations (SSNO), which is now under the remit of my Department.

The SSNO provides multi-annual funding to national organisations towards the core costs associated with the provision of services. Funding under the 2011-2014 scheme was provided subject to ongoing financial and other checks, together with a programme of audit. I am satisfied, based on the information to hand, that the funding provided was used for its intended purpose.