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 Header Item Business of Dáil
 Header Item Ceisteanna - Questions
 Header Item Priority Questions
 Header Item North-South Implementation Bodies

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 823 No. 2

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Business of Dáil

An Ceann Comhairle: Information on Seán Barrett Zoom on Seán Barrett Before proceeding to Question Time, I invite the Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach, Deputy Paul Kehoe, to move a motion.

Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach (Deputy Paul Kehoe): Information on Paul Kehoe Zoom on Paul Kehoe I move:

That, notwithstanding anything in Standing Orders, Oral Questions to the Taoiseach shall not be taken today and Leaders' Questions shall be followed by the Order of Business.

  Question put and agreed to.

Ceisteanna - Questions

Priority Questions

North-South Implementation Bodies

 1. Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Information on Jimmy Deenihan Zoom on Jimmy Deenihan the reason the Ulster-Scots Agency spent more than €480,000 of public funds over 12 months without proper authority in 2010; the reason there is a delay of two years in the publication of the agency’s annual report; and if he will make a statement on the matter.  [51571/13]

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The question is posed in the context of our strong support for the work of the Ulster-Scots Agency, but we are conscious of the fact that the agency has not published-----

Deputy Dinny McGinley: Information on Dinny McGinley Zoom on Dinny McGinley I have not yet answered the question.

Acting Chairman (Deputy Robert Troy): Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy The Deputy has 30 seconds to introduce the question under new Standing Orders.

Deputy Dinny McGinley: Information on Dinny McGinley Zoom on Dinny McGinley Is that something new?

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Yes.

Deputy Dinny McGinley: Information on Dinny McGinley Zoom on Dinny McGinley I did not realise that. When did this come in?

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Under Standing Orders that the Government parties imposed upon us some weeks ago.

Deputy Dinny McGinley: Information on Dinny McGinley Zoom on Dinny McGinley More reform.

Deputy Seán Ó Fearghaíl: Information on Seán Ó Fearghaíl Zoom on Seán Ó Fearghaíl The question is posed in the context of our support for the Ulster-Scots Agency, but we are conscious of the fact that we have not seen the publication of the annual accounts since 2010 and of the report that over €400,000 of public money has been spent by the agency, which has joint funding from North and South of the Border, apparently without proper approval.

Acting Chairman (Deputy Robert Troy): Information on Robert Troy Zoom on Robert Troy For the benefit of the Minister of State, under new Standing Orders the person proposing the question has 30 seconds to introduce the question and the Minister of State has two minutes for the initial reply, after which there is one minute each for the questioner and the Minister of State.

Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Dinny McGinley): Information on Dinny McGinley Zoom on Dinny McGinley I thank the Acting Chairman for the explanation. The Ulster-Scots Agency is an agency of the North-South Language Body, An Foras Teanga, with responsibility for promoting the Ulster-Scots language and culture within Northern Ireland and throughout the island of Ireland. As a result of legislative requirements, the annual report and accounts of the Ulster-Scots Agency form part of the annual consolidated report and accounts of An Foras Teanga. In regard to the 2010 accounts, the certificate of the Comptrollers and Auditors General indicates that the agency incurred expenditure totalling £372,523, or €432,124, in connection with which the procedures employed did not comply with those laid down in the language body's financial memorandum.


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