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Departmental Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 18 May 2021

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Ceisteanna (452)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

452. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Defence the amount the NGO and charity sector receive in funding from his Department per annum. [26620/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

An annual grant payment is made each year from the Defence Vote (Vote 36) to the Irish Red Cross Society towards the administrative running costs of its headquarters. In 2021, the grant due to be paid to the Irish Red Cross Society is €975,000.

In December 2018, a Government decision provided for an allocation of €85,000 from the Defence Vote to Sail Training Ireland for 2019 and 2020, subject to the organisation being compliant with the Code of Governance for Voluntary Bodies.  Sail Training Ireland is a charitable organisation established in 2011 by individuals who were previously involved with the State funded ‘Asgard’ sail training vessel.

The full amount was paid in 2019, however, due to Covid-19 only €20,000 was paid in 2020, with the remaining balance due to be paid in 2021,  if voyages re-commence and performance delivery objectives are achieved.

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