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1 Debates: Dormant accounts and disadvantage

‘We need to focus as much as possible on communities that find themselves disadvantaged’, said John McGuinness (FF, Carlow-Kilkenny), speaking on the resumed second stage debate on the Dormant accounts (amendment) Bill, 2011, which proposes to abolish the Dormant Accounts Board (Dail Eireann, Debates, 28th February 2012, 62-77).  He spoke of the need to re-skill both individuals and communities that had experienced disadvantage for generations.  The children of some families had not seen their parents or even grandparents at work for many years.  The dormant accounts funds had supported projects which had broken the cycle and now it was necessary to to recreate success in other areas that had been badly affected and he emphasized the need for funding for projects against drug abuse.  The ‘overly bureaucratic’ approach of Pobal had to be challenged.  Guidelines must be set out clearly so that its staff understood not only the need to examine, scrutinize and account for money, but the need to be less bureaucratic with organizations that delivered within the community.


Michael Healy Rae (ind, S Kerry) referred to the way in which funding was drying up and the government was introducing cutbacks that were really starting to hit home.  There were reports of jobs being lost in the voluntary and community sector because of austerity measures and cuts in funding.  We had to be ever more vigilant in ensuring that we got value for every euro spent from dormant accounts. 

> Additional references:

> Job losses in Rehab: Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th February 2012, 450-3.

> Cuts in services for people with disabilities (Cheeverstown): Dail Eireann, Debates, 23rd February 2012, 874-7.