Thursday, 10 May 2018

Ceisteanna (185)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

185. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Health the breakdown of the spending and funding allocated to and by the Healthy Ireland Fund since its inception; the way in which the fund was spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20563/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Health)

In July 2016 Government approved the creation of a Healthy Ireland Fund and subsequently provided an initial allocation of €5 million in Budget 2017 to kick-start its establishment. A further €5 million has been approved in Budget 2018 for the Fund. 

The Healthy Ireland Fund is intended as an innovative mechanism to stimulate and support inter-sectoral action and partnership working to implement Healthy Ireland, the national framework to improve health and wellbeing.  It is aimed at supporting evidence-based initiatives to support implementation of key policies and strategies under Healthy Ireland, including the Obesity Policy and Action Plan, the National Physical Activity Plan, Tobacco Free Ireland, the Sexual Health Strategy and others, and will have a focus in supporting measures aimed at children and young families and disadvantaged groups or communities.

The Department has contracted Pobal, the not-for-profit company that manages programmes on behalf of the Irish Government and the EU, to administer the Fund on their behalf. Both the Department of Children and Youth Affairs and the Department of Rural and Community Development made contributions to the Fund in 2017.

The First strand of funding of €4.1 million was offered to Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) and Children and Young People Services Committees (CYPSCs) and every local authority area made an application and received funding.  This funding is being used to support local implementation of health and wellbeing actions from Local Economic and Community Plans and Children and Young People's Plans that align with Healthy Ireland and Better Outcomes and Brighter Futures.

The second strand of funding of around €1.35 million included a range of projects to support the National Physical Activity Plan, with a particular focus on supporting children and other groups to avail of opportunities to access and participate in various initiatives. This includes cycling and swimming initiatives, a Young Athletes Programme with Special Olympics, and a significant expansion of the Active School Flag physical activity programme in schools around the country. The Healthy Ireland at Your Library initiative to develop the country’s library network as health and wellbeing hubs in communities was also funded.

The 2017 Fund was apportioned in the following manner:

Strand I – Local

Children and Young Persons Services Committees (CYPSC):

County

Amount

Carlow CYPSC

€37,183

Cavan CYPSC

€38,000

Cork City CYPSC

€37,260

Dublin City North CPYSC

€38,000

Dublin City South CYPSC

€38,000

Galway CYPSC

€38,000

Kerry CYPSC

€38,360

Kilkenny CYPSC

€38,000

Limerick CYPSC

€34,540

Louth CYPSC

€38,400

Meath CYPSC

€38,400

Roscommon CYPSC

€36,154

Sligo Leitrim CYPSC

€38,400

South Dublin CYPSC

€37,145

Waterford CYPSC

€25,480

Wexford CYPSC

€37,978

Wicklow CYPSC

€38,400

Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs):

County

Amount

Carlow LCDC

€100,000

Cavan LCDC

€100,000

Cork City LCDC

€99,000

Dublin City LCDC

€100,000

Galway City LCDC

€100,000

Galway County LCDC

€100,000

Kerry LCDC

€100,000

Kilkenny LCDC

€89,000

Laois LCDC

€93,000

Leitrim LCDC

€100,000

Limerick LCDC

€100,000

Longford LCDC

€100,000

Louth LCDC

€88,600

Meath LCDC

€100,000

Offaly LCDC

€99,000

Roscommon LCDC

€100,000

Sligo LCDC

€96,500

South Dublin LCDC

€96,500

Waterford LCDC

€100,000

Wexford LCDC

€100,000

Wicklow LCDC

€96,500

Joint LCDC and CYPSC

Name

Amount

Clare LCDC and CYPSC

€138,400

Cork County (North, South and West) LCDC

€200,000

Donegal LCDC and CYPSC

€138,000

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown LCDC and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown CYPSC

€137,860

Fingal LCDC and CYPSC

€138,400

Kildare LCDC/CYPSC

€138,400

Laois/Offaly CYPSC

€76,000

Mayo LCDC and CYPSC

€130,600

Monaghan LCDC and CYPSC

€138,400

Monaghan LCDC and CYPSC

€130,900

Total: Strand I – Local:                             €4,147,413

Strand II – National

Name

Amount

Sport Ireland

€738,505

Special Olympics Young Athletes Programme

€54,221

Great Dublin Bike Ride

€105,915

Operation Transformation

€38,369

National Fitness Day

€40,000

Get Ireland Swimming

€150,000

Get Ireland Walking

€100,000

Get Ireland Cycling

€30,000

Cycle Right

€150,000

Children Sport Participation and Physical Activity follow up study 2017-2018

€70,000

Local Government Management Agency (Libraries Development)

€400,000

Mayo Education Centre (Active School Flag)

€213,290

Total: Strand II – National                                      €1,351,795

TOTAL Apportioned Overall                                   €5,499,208

Funding decisions for 2017 were made by a committee comprised of senior officials representing several government departments.  The next round of funding is currently out for a call for proposals.  My officials are currently awaiting a more detailed expenditure report from Pobal on the 2017 Fund.