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Dormant Accounts Fund

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 3 February 2021

Wednesday, 3 February 2021

Questions (491)

Alan Dillon


491. Deputy Alan Dillon asked the Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth the capital funding opportunities that will arise for a facility (details supplied) in County Mayo; if there are plans to allocate dormant accounts or other funding in 2021; if so, the timeline for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [5544/21]

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Written answers (Question to Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is responsible for the administration of the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme that involved the allocation of approx. €18m in 2020 towards the core costs of 121 existing FRCs.

I can inform the Deputy that my Department and Tusla have secured €0.62m in Dormant Accounts Funding for 2021 to support for the Family Resource Centre (FRC) Programme. This funding will allow established FRCs to carry out maintenance works, to purchase essential equipment and furnishings, and undertake additional works and service developments required to respond to the impact of Covid-19. The purpose of this funding is not for the establishment of new FRCs.

I have requested that Tusla respond directly to the Deputy with regard to any potential capital funding opportunities for the facility to which the Deputy refers.