Minister Ring approves €40m Plan to tackle disadvantage

Published 17 July 2017

Dormant Accounts Fund allocation will benefit rural and urban communities

Michael Ring, T.D., Minister for Rural and Community Development, today (14th July 2017) announced that he has approved the 2017 Dormant Accounts Action Plan which will provide over €40 million to support disadvantaged people throughout Ireland.

The Action Plan includes programmes and projects for delivery across a range of Government Departments and agencies.

Making the announcement today, Minister Ring said:

“I am delighted to announce the adoption of this new Dormant Accounts Action Plan which will provide a range of supports for disadvantaged communities across Ireland, including measures to promote social enterprise, youth employment, entrepreneurship, training for carers and support for people with disabilities.  A total of €40 million is being allocated to 40 different schemes which will all contribute to supporting individuals and groups in both urban and rural communities.”

The Minister continued:

“Dormant Accounts funding seeks to support projects that are additional or complementary to existing services in areas of greatest need, and focuses on supporting projects that can make a genuine difference at a local level.  I believe that the measures in the 2017 Action Plan will play an important role in providing much-needed supports and services, particularly to vulnerable communities, whether in rural areas or urban areas.” 

 The measures funded under the Dormant Accounts Action Plan support the core objectives of the Action Plan for Rural Development and the Framework for Local and Community Development in Ireland.


Note to Editors

The Dormant Accounts legislation provides a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.  The legislation also provides for a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed.

Each year, an Action Plan may be prepared to disburse monies from the Dormant Funds Account for the purposes of programmes or projects to assist:

  1. the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;


  1. the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged, or


  1. persons with a disability.


A full list of measures to be funded under the 2017 Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan is set out on the table below.  In total, 40 different schemes or measures, to the value of €40.4 million will be supported this year under the Action Plan.



Details of Measures included in the 2017 Dormant Accounts Action Plan

Ref. Lead Department/Agency Description of measure Funding allocated
1. Dept. Rural and Community Development Social Enterprise €2,000,000
2. Dept. Rural and Community Development Facilitating access to services and amenities in rural Ireland €2,000,000
3. Dept. Rural and Community Development Gateway Initiative €2,400,000
4. Dept. Rural and Community Development Social Innovation Fund Ireland (SIFI) €10,000,000
5. Dept. Rural and Community Development Disadvantaged Youth Employment Initiative/entrepreneurship €1,250,000
6. Irish Prison Service Community Based Health and First Aid in Prisons €626,455
7. Irish Prison Service Social Enterprise Seed Capital Fund €300,000
8. Dept. Justice & Equality Victims of Trafficking and Persons/Groups at risk of Human Trafficking €250,000
9. Dept. Justice & Equality Crime Victims Helpline €50,000
10. Dept. Justice & Equality Awareness-raising of domestic and sexual violence €300,000
11. Dept. Justice & Equality Midlands Traveller Conflict Mediation Initiative €250,000
12. Dept. Justice & Equality Employability and Inclusion Programme for Migrant Women €500,000
13. Dept. Justice & Equality Garda Youth Diversion Projects €4,030,000
14. Dept. Justice & Equality Mentoring Programme €1,000,000
15. Dept. Justice & Equality Additional Intervention Training for Youth Justice Workers €200,000
16. Dept. Justice & Equality Expansion of the Youth Work Initiative in the HSE Mid-West Area €420,000
17. Dept. Justice & Equality Midlands Regional Youth Service €133,853
18. Dept. Justice & Equality Candle Community Trust Campus €140,000
19. Dept. Justice & Equality Expansion of the Garda Youth Diversions Project service by Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service (CDYS) €420,000
20. Dept. Employment & Social Protection Training and Support Service for Carers €1,000,000
21. Dept. Children & Youth Affairs Provision of youth and community programmes and other initiatives €2,000,000
22. Dept. Children & Youth Affairs Peer support initiatives for children who were the subject of an inter country adoption €568,000
23. Dept. Children & Youth Affairs Interventions to protect young people from the influence or organised crime in communities affected by criminal networks €1,200,000
24. Dept. Transport, Tourism & Sport Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs €5,000,000


25. National Sport Education and Training Hub
26. Sports measures for disadvantaged communities to support the National Physical Activity Plan
27. Provision of sports equipment in disadvantaged areas
28. Dept. Education & Skills Young Social Innovators €25,000
29. Dept. Education & Skills The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) Programme €900,000
30. Dept. Health Dementia post-diagnostic supports €640,000
31. Dept. Health National Dementia Registry €200,000
32. Dept. Health Dementia Friendly Community Groups €90,000
33. Dept. Health Assistive Technology Libraries €300,000
34. Dept. Health ‘Pathways to Participation’ Mapping Project to develop a cross-departmental report to highlight the participation programmes currently run or funded by public sector agencies €40,000
35. Dept. Health Intercultural Healthcare In-Reach Project for Refugees in European Reception and Orientation Centres (EROC) €1,150,000
36. Dept. Health Roma Primary Healthcare Training Programme €220,464
37. Dept. Health Development of an Interactive Mobile App to Support Migrants in accessing Health Services          €45,000
38. Dept. Health Long-term Prescribing of Opioids, Benzodiazepines and Pregabalin in General Practice €30,720
39. Dept. Health Provision of Supports to Families of Transgender Persons €240,500
40. Dept. Health Mental Health Initiative for Travellers €500,000
TOTAL €40,419,992