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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (301)

Paul Kehoe


301. Deputy Paul Kehoe asked the Minister for Education when an organisation (details supplied) will receive requested documents; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [53918/21]

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Written answers (Question to Education)

The organisation, which the Deputy refers to, received €137,000 in funding from my Department in 2020. As part of the supporting documentation to comply with the DPER Circular 13/2014 we requested and are still awaiting a Certificate of Assurance from the organisation for the funding which they received in 2020.

A Certificate of Assurance gives written assurances from recipients of public funding that any monies received are used in accordance with the terms and conditions as laid out in DPER Circular 13/2014. This is in line with official governance guidelines and is part of the annual criteria required to enable us provide the funding as outlined in the budget approval letter which issued on 24th March 2020 to the organisation.

As the Deputy can appreciate, the funding that we give to this organisation, comes from the Exchequer. It is imperative that we have these assurances in place in advance of funding issuing. Officials from my Department have been in touch with this organisation recently regarding this Certificate of Assurance and as soon as it arrives into my Department, signed, we can consider final funding arrangements for 2021.