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Dormant accounts, lottery

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, gave details to John McGuinness (FF, Carlow Kilkenny) of dormant accounts funding for 2013 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st May 2013, 694).  This year, he had allocated €2.385m from dormant accounts for labour activation measures in the local authorities.    From next year, he said, the new disbursement scheme set down under the Dormant Accounts (amendment) Act, 2012 would operate whereby a scheme would be presented to the Oireachtas for 21 days for approval.


Detailed were published of the total National Lottery fund surplus (Dail Eireann, Debates, 28th May 2013, 250).  These were:


2008 €265m

2009 €275m

2010 €250m

2011 €230m

2012 €220m


The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin told Caomhghin O Caolain (SF, Cavan Monaghan) that for the new lottery licence, it was intended that ‘good causes’ be linked to a percentage of gross gaming revenues, sales less prizes, the precise percentage to be determined prior to the launch of the licence competition.  The aim was to deliver a significant upfront payment while maximizing revenues for ‘good causes’. 

> See also: Dail Eireann, Debates, 1st May 2013, 586-8