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136. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality further to Parliamentary Question No. 228 of 4 December 2018, if he has undertaken to review past funding to an organisation (details supplied); if consideration has been given to suspending future funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18214/19]

Answer

Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality (Deputy David Stanton): Since I responded to Parliamentary Question No. 228 of 4 December 2018 concerning the FAI 'Grassroots Integration through Football' project which is funded by the Department under the Asylum Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF), the FAI has provided a quarterly return on the project's progress and the project has undergone monitoring checks as per my Department's procedures for these grants.  In addition, several 'on the spot' visits have occurred in which officials from my Department have visited the FAI offices and met with project staff and examined documentation in situ.  
However, in light of the developments regarding governance at the FAI, it has been decided that no further grant payments will be made to the FAI in respect of this AMIF funded project until it becomes clear that confidence in the organisation’s governance has been re-established.  My Department will maintain contact with the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and with Sport Ireland in this regard.