Thursday, 10 September 2020

Questions (96)

Noel Grealish


96. Deputy Noel Grealish asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage if the €1 million emergency injection which was announced on 11 October 2019 was allocated to Galway County Council; if it has not been allocated to address the immediate funding shortfall, the purpose of same; the reason for the delay in allocating this funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23256/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

I have recently approved a once off, exceptional allocation of €1m for Galway County Council. This is not emergency funding but rather, is linked to the operation of municipal districts and is subject to a small number of requirements, including that the funding be divided equally among the municipal districts. My Department will set out the details of these requirements in the coming days.

At the current time, all local authorities are experiencing financial challenges. In order to support the local government sector generally, my Department continues to keep local authority income, expenditure and cash flow generally under review and will continue to work with all local authorities on both collective and individual issues that arise.