Tuesday, 5 December 2017
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
414. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the assistance his Department can provide for the development of a wildlife rehabilitation hospital and visitor centre in Fingal in view of the fact that such rescue centres are in operation throughout the UK. [51779/17]
My Department has provided funding to organisations involved in protecting animal welfare since 1995 in order to enable these organisations provide a valuable service in the area of animal welfare. Applications for funding from animal welfare organisations are assessed by my Department and awards made on the basis of certain criteria, including the level and type of assistance provided by the organisation in the delivery of care and welfare services to animals and the level of funding raised by organisations from other sources to support welfare activities.
In December 2016 funding of €2,480,500 was provided to 137 animal welfare organisations throughout the country. An advertisement was placed in the national press in on 6 July 2017 inviting applications for the 2017 year. These are currently being processed and an announcement on funding levels is expected in December. If the Deputy is aware of any organisation that wishes to apply for funding in the next round they should ask them to contact my Department with a view to discussing requirements. In this instance, it would be appropriate for my Department to consult with the National Park and Wildlife Service in the event of a future application.