Dáil Éireann - Volume 686 - 30 June, 2009
Written Answers. - Dormant Accounts Fund.
Deputy James Reilly Deputy James Reilly
Deputy James Reilly asked the Minister for Health and Children if she will review a grant or funding application under the dormant accounts fund in respect of suicide prevention for an organisation (details supplied) in order to support this group in its efforts to prevent men committing suicide; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25736/09]
Deputy P. J. Sheehan Deputy P. J. Sheehan
Deputy P. J. Sheehan asked the Minister for Health and Children further to Parliamentary Question No. 158 of 28 April 2009, if she will confirm that her Department has completed the assessments made by Pobal of the applications received regarding suicide prevention; the amount set aside for funding of this project; if she will outline the way the current economic situation will affect the timeframe for the funding of this measure in view of the fact that the funding is provided for by the dormant accounts fund; if funding for the suicide prevention measures is being reconsidered to support other programmes; if so, the other programmes; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [25675/09]
Deputy John Moloney Deputy John Moloney
Deputy John Moloney: I propose to take Questions Nos. 151 and 167 together.
The Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, through POBAL, invited applications for funding under the suicide prevention measure. €1m was identified to fund the measure. Funding decisions are made by Government on the basis of recommendations made by the Economic and Social Disadvantage Interdepartmental Committee, which is chaired by my colleague, the Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.
My Department is considering the assessments made by POBAL of the applications received and, in light of the current national economic situation, is also considering the timeframe for the funding of this measure. Recommendations in this regard will be made to the Interdepartmental Committee shortly.
Dáil Éireann 686 Written Answers. Dormant Accounts Fund.