Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (120)

Thomas Pringle


120. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if funding is available for an event (details supplied) in County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23184/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

My Department’s Reconciliation Fund awards grants to organisations working to build better relations within and between traditions in Northern Ireland, between North and South, and between Ireland and Britain.  It operates on the basis of two annual funding rounds.  The first round of 2019 opened on 26 March and closed on 16 April. By the closing date, no funding application had been received in respect of the particular event referred to by the Deputy.  The organisation which I understand will hold this event, has, however, been in contact separately with my officials, since the first funding round closed, regarding the possibility of making an application in the future. My officials are assisting the organisation with its enquiries and providing it with the necessary information to enable it to apply, should it wish to do so, in a future funding round.

 Details of the timing for the second funding round will be posted to the Reconciliation Fund page on my Department’s website during summer 2019.  Further information on the operation of the Fund and the application process are available at: https://www.dfa.ie/about-us/funding/reconciliation-fund/.