Dáil Éireann - Volume 542 - 18 October, 2001

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

173. Ms Cooper-Flynn asked the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform the amount of money which has been allocated and spent to date by his Department in each of the BMW counties under the national development plan. [24633/01]

Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform (Mr. O'Donoghue): My Department has responsibility for a number of measures in the Border, Midlands and Western Region under the national development plan. These include the equal opportunities childcare programme, an equality for women measure, a measure to prepare prisoners for employment after their release, a crime prevention measure, a Garda youth diversion programme and an equal opportunities promotion and monitoring unit.

The material requested is set out under the individual measures. On the child care measure, total project funding approved and distributed to BMW counties at 30 September 2001 under the equal opportunities childcare programme is set out in the following table:

[1088]

County

Projects funding approved

Funding provided for projects

IR£

IR£

Cavan

1,170,008

1,485,604

178,233

226,309

Donegal

1,971,490

2,503,276

424,642

539,184

Galway

3,260,312

4,139,742

629,293

799,038

Laois

732,316

929,850

185,346

235,340

Leitrim

2,089,558

2,653,192

628,176

797,619

Longford

1,021,582

1,297,142

256,443

325,615

Louth

1,127,971

1,432,228

282,752

359,021

Mayo

1,803,903

2,290,484

320,809

407,343

Monaghan

1,538,400

1,953,365

254,375

322,990

Offaly

464,751

590,112

82,761

105,085

Roscommon

800,225

1,016,076

186,310

236,565

Sligo

1,768,025

2,244,929

401,303

509,550

Westmeath

213,396

270,957

67,565

85,790

Totals

17,961,937

22,806,956

3,898,008

4,949,449

In addition, the equal opportunities childcare programme approved quality improvement proposals from national voluntary childcare organisations totalling £2,259,688 – 2,869,212 – in the BMW region of which £559,549 – 710,476 – has been distributed by 30 September 2001. As these organisations operate on a national basis, it is not possible to allocate this funding at county level.

The national development plan provides for an allocation of £6.14 million – 7.8 million – to the BMW Region to the equality for women measure over the period 2000-06. To date, £1.89 million – 2.4 million – has been allocated to 16 individual projects which will run from 2001 to 2004 in the region. This figure includes an amount of regional activity where the benefits in terms of publications and information will extend to the full region. The county allocation is identified as follows:

£

Cavan

250,000

317,435

Roscommon

150,000

190,461

Monaghan

150,000

190,461

Louth

201,000

255,217

Donegal

235,000

298,388

Offaly

200,000

253,947

Leitrim

245,000

311,085

Sligo

40,000

50,790

Galway

44,000

55,868

Regional projects

375,000

476,152

Total

1,890,000

2,399,805

In addition, an amount of activity under this measure will have national application. This includes support for the national framework committee to develop family friendly initiatives at the level of the enterprise. Individual projects in the BMW Region have yet to be identified under this strand and under the strand for gender proofing of personnel policies.

Expenditure to date on the measure in the BMW region is £69,432 – 88,160. It is anticipated that expenditure in all areas of the measure [1089] will increase in the second half of 2001 as the projects commence activity.

Under the employment and human resources operational programme, 2000-2006, the NDP gender equality unit has been allocated funding of 5.36 million. Most of the expenditure incurred under this measure relates to staffing costs which arise in the Southern and Eastern Region. However, to date, 18,500 has been spent in the BMW region, 16,500 in Roscommon and 2,000 in Offaly.

On the crime prevention measure, the funding allocated to prisons services training for the BMW region for the period 2000-01 was £2.58 million, 3.27 million. A total of £88,372 – 110,000 – has been spent to date all of which was incurred in the Midlands Prison, County Laois. The full roll-out of the prisoner training programme throughout the region is under way.

The funding allocated to probation and welfare for the BMW region for the year 2000-01 was £425,000 – 540,000. The funding does not have a strict county allocation as it is intended to support the re-integration of ex-offenders and others as needs arise. A total expenditure of £178,950 – 227,000 – has been incurred to date in supporting individuals into employment and further education and training throughout the region and in providing residential treatment services in counties Roscommon, Mayo, Sligo and Galway.

The expenditure allocated at county level to date under the Garda youth diversion programme is set out in the following table. A further allocation may occur in respect of these projects during 200,1 subject to submission of detailed accounts.

County

Expenditure for 2000

Expenditure for 2001

(to date)

£

£

Donegal

5,000

6,350

20,000

25,400

Galway

5,000

6,350

20,000

25,400

Laois

5,000

6,350

45,000

57,150

Longford

5,000

6,350

20,000

25,400

Louth

30,000

38,100

72,125

91,599

Mayo

30,000

38,100

54,242

68,887

Monaghan

30,000

38,100

20,000

25,400

Offaly

Nil

Nil

25,000

31,750

Roscommon

5,000

6,350

45,000

57,150

Westmeath

30,000

38,100

77,519

98,449

Total

145,000

184,150

398,886

506,585