Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (130)

Willie O'Dea

Ceist:

130. Deputy Willie O'Dea asked the Taoiseach and Minister for Defence the estimated full-year cost if the budget for the Civil Defence increased by 12.5%; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16249/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

My Department provides funding to local authorities to assist them in the provision of Civil Defence services. This funding is intended to meet a proportion (70%) of the annual operating costs of Civil Defence in the local authorities - plus grants for equipment, training exercises and other miscellaneous costs.

The amount provided for Civil Defence in the Defence Vote for 2019 is €4.74m. This amount includes a once-off allocation of €0.5m from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The full-year Exchequer cost of increasing the budget for Civil Defence by 12.5%, excluding the Dormant Accounts allocation, would be €0.53m.