Written answers

Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

Departmental Expenditure

9:00 pm

Photo of Seán SherlockSeán Sherlock (Cork East, Labour)
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Question 109: To ask the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs if he will explain the full background to the recent transfer of €1million from his Department to the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16747/09]

Photo of Éamon Ó CuívÉamon Ó Cuív (Minister, Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs; Galway West, Fianna Fail)
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As I have outlined in my response to similar Questions in relation to this matter, my Department provides current funding to Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. Capital funding is also being provided by the Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism in respect of the development of regional centres for Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. In order to support this capital programme and associated costs, money was provided by the Department of Finance in the estimated funding allocations for 2009 and the full amount was initially included in my Department's Vote. An amount of €2m in respect of the capital element has now been transferred from my Department's Vote to the Vote of the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism Department, as indicated in the 2009 Revised Estimates Volume.

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