109. Deputy Jonathan O'Brien asked the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality the cost of funding Travellers' initiatives by 10%; 20% and 25%. [12556/16]
Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The total funding available to my Department in respect of Traveller and Roma initiatives for 2016 is €2,205,000, of which €1,350,000, in respect of funding for Traveller community groups and national-level NGOs, transferred to my Department from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government on 01 January 2016. This was in addition to a sum of €550,000 which transferred to my Department from the Department of Social Protection (for the Special Initiative for Travellers) on 01 January 2015.
My Department is currently undertaking a review of the funding in relation to Traveller and Roma initiatives for 2017 to take account of needs and of emerging priorities for the new Traveller and Roma Inclusion Strategy which will be in place later this year. The review will be completed in time for consideration in the context of the 2017 Estimates process. Details of any adjustments to the current allocation for Traveller and Roma initiatives will be announced in due course in the normal way as part of the 2017 Estimates.