25 February

AN TAISCE TO BE INVITED TO OIREACHTAS TRANSPORT COMMITTEE

Statement by Brendan Griffin TD (FG) Kerry

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

THE Oireachtas Transport Committee is to invite An Taisce to appear before it following a request by Kerry Fine Gael TD, Brendan Griffin.

Deputy Griffin made the request so that members of the Committee would have an opportunity to discuss with An Taisce its role in road projects.

In response to a Dail Question from Deputy Griffin last week, it was revealed that An Taisce has received over €3.78 million in state funding over the last five years.

Deputy Griffin says that he is looking forward to the opportunity to discuss roads projects in Kerry and nationwide with representatives of An Taisce.

ENDS

Further info from Brendan on 087-6528841
Note- Please see Dail question and reply below:

Question Nos. 197, 198 and 199

Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil:

To the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government:                                           

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of public funding that has been provided to An Taisce per annum in the past five years; if he will provide details of the way this public funding is spent; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amount of public funding that has been spent by An Taisce per annum in the past five years in the act of legal challenges/judicial reviews and so on against State bodies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views that public funds may be used to obstruct other State agencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

- Brendan Griffin.

For WRITTEN answer on Thursday, 19th February, 2015.

Ref Nos:   7492/15, 7493/15 and 7494/15    

REPLY

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly)

I propose to take Questions Nos 197, 198 and 199 together.

A total of €3.78 million, as set out in the following table, has been provided by my Department to An Taisce over the past five years.

DECLG Funding to An Taisce                                                                                                                                                                        

Source  2010                       2011                       2012                       2013                       2014                      Total

                                                                                                                                                                    

DECLG Vote        0                              0                              0                              0                              275,492                                 275,492

Environment Fund          834,424                                 766,014                                 753,200                                 736,800                                 415,000                                 3,505,438

                                                                                                                                                                                 

Total      834,424                                 766,014                                 753,200                                 736,800                                 690,492                                  3,780,930                                                              

This funding was used primarily to support a range of environmental activities and public awareness initiatives, including the National Spring Clean initiative; a contribution to the Irish Business Against Litter (IBAL) National Litter League; the Green Schools initiative; implementation of the Bathing Water Quality Regulations; and the Blue Flag Awards. Funding also supported an All-Ireland Clean Coast Symposium; provision of Merit Awards to heighten awareness of coastal amenities and encourage participation in Coastcare groups; and raising awareness of marine environmental issues.

The funding provided also supported An Taisce in building an effective capacity to engage in the policy formulation aspect of the planning process in accordance with its prescribed role.  An Taisce is specifically precluded, however, from using this funding, which totalled €150,000 over the five years concerned, in relation to participation in individual planning applications.

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