Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Ceisteanna (175)

Mattie McGrath


175. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the funding provided to centres (details supplied) in each of the past four years; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25745/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Children)

Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, has statutory responsibility for the provision of care and protection to victims of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence.Services provided include emergency refuge and support services for individuals and families fleeing domestic violence, community-based domestic violence support services, as well as 16 rape crisis centres around the country.

Table 1 provides information on the annual allocation of funds to rape crisis centres from 2015 to 2018.

Allocation of funds to rape crisis centres for years 2015 - 2018.






Donegal Sexual Abuse and Rape Crisis Centre





Rape Crisis Midwest





Mayo Rape Crisis Centre





Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre





Wexford Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Crisis Service





Galway Rape Crisis Centre





Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre - Sligo, Leitrim and West Cavan





Dublin Rape Crisis Centre





Rape Crisis North East





Carlow and South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre





Waterford Rape Crisis Centre





Tipperary Rape Crisis and Counselling Centre





Athlone Midland Rape Crisis Centre





Tullamore Rape Crisis Centre





Sexual Violence Centre Cork





Kilkenny Rape Crisis Centre





The following points should be noted when examining the data provided:

- The funding total for 2018 refers to the allocation of funds for the organisation in question in Tusla's budget for domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services. It is possible that the total monies provided to a service in 2018 may vary from the initial allocation, depending on service demands.

- The figures for the years 2015 to 2017 include some once-off payments made to services for service-related reasons.

At present, I am not in a position to advise on the level of funding that will be available for services next year. This issue will be clarified in the context of the 2019 Estimates process, and having regard to the overall level of funding available to Tusla next year. However, I can assure the Deputy that domestic, sexual and gender-based violence services are a priority for me.

It is important that the needs of victims and survivors of domestic violence are met in the best way possible, with due attention to the quality, accessibility, and outcome of services.