Written answers

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Department of Children and Youth Affairs

Departmental Funding

Photo of John O'MahonyJohn O'Mahony (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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482. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs the amount of funding allocated by her Department in County Mayo, and the list of projects that benefited in 2011, 2012, 2013 and to date in 2014 in tabular form; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [14890/14]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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I can inform the Deputy that my Department has supported projects in County Mayo under a range of categories that include funding for Youth Organisations and Services, National Lottery Funding, Childcare Programmes, Youth Projects and Facilities, Comhairle na nÓg, capital grants to improve playground equipment and specific supports for the National Play Day and National Recreation Week. My Department is currently finalising the information sought by the Deputy and I will write to the Deputy separately to provide the full details of the hundreds of recipients of funds from my Department in County Mayo over the period in question since the establishment of my Department in June 2011.

Photo of Caoimhghín Ó CaoláinCaoimhghín Ó Caoláin (Cavan-Monaghan, Sinn Fein)
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483. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs further to Parliamentary Question No. 590 of 4 February 2014, if she will furnish a copy of the 2013 national survey into Health Service Executive-funded agencies providing child and family services; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [15020/14]

Photo of Frances FitzgeraldFrances Fitzgerald (Minister, Department of Children; Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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In 2013, HSE Children and Family Services began a review of all agencies funded to deliver services on its behalf. Initial reviews focused on larger organisations, their project outcomes and administration costs. Regional reviews were undertaken for smaller organisations. This work is being built on as the Child and Family Agency develops a strategy for the commissioning of services and as services are reviewed with regard to the particular requirements of the Child and Family Agency Act, 2013. The Agency has advised that a completed report will not be available until nearer the end of 2014 when it will have completed its review and developed a strategy for the ongoing delivery of services to children and families. I am not therefore in a position to furnish the Deputy with a copy of the survey at this time.

Over 800 organisations are in receipt of combined grants of over €100m annually from the Agency for the provision of services. The Agency is committed to ensuring that this money is directed where it can most impact on the lives of children and families both at early intervention, prevention and crisis points and also through individual family support and community development inputs.

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