Ministers Humphreys, O’Brien, Chambers and Rabbitte announce €54.5 million package to support disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups
44 initiatives to be rolled out under Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2023
Projects to support disadvantaged communities, vulnerable groups, the elderly and people with disabilities
Big focus on providing sporting and educational opportunities to young people
The Government has today (Tuesday, November 8th) published the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2023 – a €54.5 million package aimed at disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups across the country.
The Action Plan sets out 44 initiatives across nine Government Departments, all of which are designed to support communities at a grassroots level.
From providing sporting and educational opportunities to our young people, to delivering projects for our elderly, disabled, marginalised and disadvantaged – the Action Plan aims to support those who need it most.
Funding for the Action Plan comes from unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post), as well as unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.
The Action Plan was launched today at the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD,Minister of State at the Department of Rural Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD, and Minister for Sport, Jack Chambers TD and Minister for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte TD
The Equine Centre is to receive €123,200 under the Action Plan, which will support Garda Youth Diversion Projects and initiatives to help young people find employment.
The projects that will be supported under the Action Plan include:
Cross Government: €3.8 million for Traveller initiatives and services across five departments.
Rural and Community Development: €3 million to provide older people with personal safety alarms under the Senior Alerts Scheme.
Social Protection: €5 million to deliver employment and educational support programmes for people with disabilities and family carers.
Defence: €50,000 to provide sailing opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
Justice: €1.4 million for initiatives that protect young people from the influence of adult crime networks.
Sport: €12 million for Sport Ireland to increase participation, particularly for young people who need extra encouragement to take up a sport.
Housing: €3 million to tackle homelessness through the Housing First initiative
Education: €20,000 to cover transport costs associated with school visits to the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin.
Higher Education: €450,000 for the Traveller Apprenticeship Incentivisation Programme.
Rural and Community Development: €550,000 to fund initiatives in our public libraries, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities.
Defence: €400,000 to upgrade the Civil Defence Fleet and €200,000 to support our Veterans’ Organisations.