Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Questions (159)

Niall Collins

Question:

159. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade the expenditure on the emigrant support programme; the estimated full-year cost of increasing the expenditure by 5%, 10%, 15% and 20%, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [27593/19]

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Written answers (Question to Foreign)

The Emigrant Support Programme (ESP) provides funding to non-profit organisations and projects to support our most vulnerable emigrants overseas, to strengthen Irish communities abroad and to facilitate the development of closer and more strategic links between Ireland and the global Irish.

I refer the Deputy to PQ 15083/19 which was answered on 2 April 2019 and note the position remains as outlined below.

The budget for the Emigrant Support Programme in 2019 is €12.595 million. This represents an increase of €1 million in the allocation for the ESP in 2019, from €11.595 million last year, and is a demonstration of the Government's continuing commitment to our people abroad.

An increase of 5% on the 2019 budget would cost €629,750.

An increase of 10% on the 2019 budget would cost €1,259,500.

An increase of 15% on the 2019 budget would cost €1,889,250.

An increase of 20% on the 2019 budget would cost €2,519,000.