Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Child and Family Agency Funding
584. To ask the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs if her attention has been drawn to the fact that the two directors of an organisation (details supplied) paid themselves €447,000 in directors' fees and also withdrew €1 million in dividends in 2016 out of a total of €7.33 million they received from Tusla; and her views on whether this is a good use of public funding. [9335/19]
I am informed by Tusla that it does not fund the organisation referred to by the Deputy. Tusla has advised me that it purchases services from a similarly named company, which is a private provider of residential and community based therapeutic services to children and young people. The services provided by this company are procured in the normal manner through the public procurement process and a contract is in place. I understand that the similarly named company is a private company registered with the Companies Registration Office. Fees and dividends paid by private companies are a matter for the Board of the company and are subject to the provisions of the Companies Acts.