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Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 24 November 2021

Wednesday, 24 November 2021

Ceisteanna (159)

Martin Kenny

Ceist:

159. Deputy Martin Kenny asked the Minister for Justice the financial supports her Department offers to an association (details supplied). [57956/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Justice)

The Association referred to is a representative association that is primarily funded through membership dues.

I can confirm that my Department does not provide funding to the Association in question. The Association is provided with subventions for certain expenses from the Garda Vote representing a subvention in respect of post, telecommunications and accommodation costs originally provided directly by the State. As the Deputy will appreciate, the Garda Commissioner is the Accounting Officer for the Garda Vote and I have no role in this regard.

In addition to this direct subvention, there is also provision for the full time secondment of the General Secretary and Deputy General Secretary of the association, where these are Garda members, to work with the Association. In these circumstances, their salaries continue to be paid directly from the Garda Vote. Similarly, certain travel and subsistence expenses of Association members in connection with Association business are paid directly from the Garda Vote.

Details on the subventions paid in recent years is provided in the following table which has been supplied to me by the Garda authorities:

Year

Accommodation/

Postage/

Telephone

Subventions

Travel &

Subsistence

Secondments

TOTAL

2020

€126,070

€53,190

€68,226

€247,486

2019

€125,838

€71,132

€99,619

€296,589

2018

€125,132

€90,792

€116,471

€332,395

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