Issue 15 - March 2011

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Funding scheme for national voluntary and community organizations

Catherine Murphy (independent, Kildare N) enquired about the funding programme for national voluntary and community organizations (Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th March 2011, 773).  The Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs, Frances FitzGerald told her that the 2008-2010 round of funding had closed at the end of last year and applications for a new round closed on 24th January 2011.  Last 2nd December, the existing organizations had been given an extension to 31st March.  In the light of departmental changes, she had decided to roll over the current funding scheme for another month to allow time for decisions on the new scheme to be made by the end of April.  The organizations concerned had been informed of the revised timescale on 25th March.

Asked about the work of Pobal, the minister, Frances Fitzgerald told Maureen O’Sullivan (independent, Dublin central)  that ADM distributed €274m to beneficiaries in 2010, expected to rise to €285m in 2011, up 4% (Dail Eireann, Debates, 30th March 2011, 965-6).  The cost of administration would fall from €14.8m in 2010 to €14.2m in 2010.  She supplied a list of the funds administered by Pobal.  Asked by her about her plans for the Dormant Accounts Fund, the minister Frances Fitzgerald informed the Dail that the total value of the fund at the end of February 2011 was €52.5m (excluding €49.4m in a reserve account against future claims).  The government was now considering the dissolution of the Dormant Accounts Board and the transfer of its functions to her department.