Written answers

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Department of Education and Skills

Covid-19 Pandemic Supports

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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390. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the amount of the €105 million for the third-level sector to safely return in September 2021 announced on 21 July 2021 that has been paid to each of the relevant educational institutions and bodies as of 6 October 2021; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [49600/21]

Photo of Holly CairnsHolly Cairns (Cork South West, Social Democrats)
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391. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the breakdown of the €105 million for the third-level sector to safely return in September 2021 announced on 21 July 2021 according to the amount each educational institution and body will receive. [49601/21]

Photo of Simon HarrisSimon Harris (Wicklow, Fine Gael)
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I propose to take Questions Nos. 390 and 391 together.

In July I announced Government approval for €105 million for the third level sector to safely reopen in September 2021 in line with public health advice.

The package will include financial support for further and higher education to return on-site safely in line with public health advice and additional supports for students in further and higher education.

At this time it is not possible to provide information in relation to allocations that will be paid to individual institutions or bodies and the process to allocate funds is ongoing.

My Department has engaged with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform to agree the terms and conditions of the pre-funding arrangements that will apply to the specific initiatives identified in the funding package. In this regard Department of Public Expenditure and Reform sanction was provided on the 28th of September and my Department, the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and SOLAS are working with stakeholders to finalise the funding allocation process including appropriate monitoring and control arrangements.

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