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Cross-Border Co-operation

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 4 November 2021

Thursday, 4 November 2021

Questions (323)

Mary Lou McDonald

Question:

323. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science the details of his Department’s current cross-Border initiatives, goods and or services committed to and the funding allocated to each for 2021, 2022 and 2023, in tabular form. [53864/21]

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Written answers (Question to Further and Higher Education)

Funding for the following projects were made in 2021.

Centre for Cross Border Studies (CCBS) - €180,000

Standing Conference on Teacher Education North/ South (SCoTENS) €30,000

Universities Ireland - €30,000

Washington Ireland Programme - $106,000

George Mitchell Scholarship Programme - $407,167

While the Revised Estimates Volume will be published later this month, it is likely that the same volume of expenditure will be made for 2022.

In addition, commitments were made in respect of the following projects, but as yet no funding has taken place in respect of the North South Research (with a commitment of €40m) and All-island Research hubs (yet to be finalised).

Finally, following the approval by the Irish Government and the NSMC of the draft PEACE PLUS programme, DFHERIS will also be liable for expenditure in respect of the cross-border skills initiative. However, the draft plan, including the allocation of funding across the various actions, is subject to final approval from the EU Commission.

It is not possible at this stage to finalise the funding positions for 2023.

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