Oireachtas Joint and Select Committees
Wednesday, 28 September 2016
Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government
Irish Water Safety: Chairperson Designate
Mr. Martin O'Sullivan:
The Department grant amounts to just over €500,000. We are supported by the local authorities and especially by our volunteers, who fund-raise for the organisation. They are the three main sources, although the Department is the major one. Of course, our outlay is not far from that in terms of paying staff and so forth. We certainly make good use of the moneys we are given but we would be absolutely delighted if they were increased. I believe and hope the Minister is open to increasing the money. I am aware that he has a particular interest in water safety and life saving in general.