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Departmental Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 18 May 2021

Tuesday, 18 May 2021

Ceisteanna (453)

Peadar Tóibín

Ceist:

453. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Defence if a record will be provided of the annual funding received by the NGO and charity sector from his Department in each of the years 2000 to 2020. [26640/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Defence)

An annual grant payment is made each year from the Defence Vote (Vote36) to the Irish Red Cross Society (IRCS) towards the administrative running costs of its headquarters.

Following a Government decision in 2015,  additional once-off funding was provided to the IRCS through the  Defence Vote for an Emergency Humanitarian Support Scheme for small businesses, following severe weather and flooding events. The additional amounts provided were €5 million in 2015, €750,000 in 2017 and €300,000 in 2018.

 An annual grant payment previously paid from the Defence Vote to the ‘Asgard’ National Sail Training Scheme from 2000 to 2009 was discontinued from 2010 onwards on foot of a Government decision in December, 2009.

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.

All details from 2000 to 2020 are set out in the table below:  

Table: Amounts of funding paid to Charities/NGOs from the Defence Vote from 2000 to 2020.

YEAR

IRISH RED CROSS SOCIETY

€’ 000

COISTE AN ASGARD

€’ 000

SAIL TRAINING IRELAND

€’ 000

Total

€’000

2000

749

600

 

1,349

2001

773

640

 

1,413

2002

805

625

 

1,430

2003

821

657

 

1,478

2004

866

693

 

1,559

2005

888

1,123

 

2,011

2006

910

749

 

1,659

2007

931

879

 

1,810

2008

951

803

 

1,754

2009

951

830

 

1,781

2010

951

 

 

951

2011

951

 

 

951

2012

869

 

 

869

2013

869

 

 

869

2014

869

 

 

869

2015

5,869

 

 

5,869

2016

869

 

 

869

2017

1,619

 

 

1,619

2018

1,169

 

 

1,169

2019

932

 

85

1,017

2020

965

 

20

985

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