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Funding community fora, women’s council

Sen. David Cullinane (SF, labour) raised the issue of the funding of community fora, notably Waterford Community Forum (Seanad Eireann, Debates, 14th November 2012, 501-3).  220 organizations belonged to the community forum, but its budget had fallen from €25,925 in 2008 to €11,213 in 2012.  It carried out important work in the sharing and dissemination of information, organizing meetings and providing a voice for the voluntary and community sector.  Its only employee was now working part-time.  Replying for the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Minister of State at the Department of Health Kathleen Lynch told the Seanad that the minister was very much aware of the value of the community fora.  Funding was allocated according to criteria designed to ensure that counties with smaller populations received a reasonable amount while at the same time catering for bigger and more populated counties.  Funding had to be reduced under the National recovery plan and the 2012 national allocation was €600,000.

 

Asked about funding for the National Women’s Council, the Minister for Justice and Equality Alan Shatter told Terence Flanagan (FG, Dublin NE) that its funding from his department was €575,000 in 2008, but that it was curtailed in 2012 due to prevailing economic circumstances ‘and the need to support services rather than advocacy at a time when they were so many pressures on the public purse’, so it would receive €350,000 this year (Dail Eireann, Debates, 8th November 2012, 239). 

> Funding for Mayo North East LEADER: Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th November 2012, 53-5; MFG and Donegal Local Development co: Dail Eireann, Debates, 29th November 2012, 158.