Charitable Lotteries Fund To Be Phased Out

During a recent Dail Eireann debate, the Minister for Justice & Equality, Alan Shatter, told Michael Healy-Rae (ind, Kerry S), that the government had decided to terminate the Charitable Lotteries Fund, due to the urgent need to make savings (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18 September 2013, 675). The Fund was established in 1997 to provide assistance for charitable lotteries affected by the National Lottery. It would be phased out over three years starting late 2013. He could not give further details, due to legal proceedings initiated by the Rehab Group.

Later, the Minister for Justice & Equality Alan Shatter told Tommy Broughan (ind, Dublin NE) that the amounts under the fund would fall from €6m in 2012 to €4m in 2013, €2m in 2014 and €1m in 2015 (Dail Eireann, Debates, 25 September 2013, 730-1).  This phased reduction would give organizations time to adjust and consider alternative ways of raising money.

Meantime, the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform, Brendan Howlin confirmed that there was now a new heading for National Lottery funding called ‘natural environment’ which would be commenced shortly, with an appropriate distribution mechanism under discussion (Dail Eireann, Debates, 18 September 2013, 382).