Issue 2 - April 2010

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Funding for Equality Authority, Free Legal Advice Centres (FLAC)

The Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Dermot Ahern told Aengus O Snodaigh (SF, Dublin SC) that the budgets for the Equality Authority and FLAC would be unchanged in 2010 at €3.2m and €98,000 respectively (Dail Eireann, Debates, 25th March 2010, 614).  In the case of the Equality Authority, the government had obtained EU funding of €266,000 in 2010 under the PROGRESS programme for a multi-agency project called Promoting equality for all in a time of change – addressing the new challenges of an economic downturn.  In the case of FLAC, it was a reasonable allocation when both his department and its agencies had seen significant reductions.
> FLAC report on direct provision for asylum seekers: Dail Eireann, Debates, 25th March 2010, 622.