Council diverts €30k to support Gathering

by Gazette Reporter

€30,000 from Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s business support grant funding is to be given to support extra Gathering projects throughout the county, it was agreed at a council meeting last week.
DLRCC’s Director of Environment, Richard Shakespeare, who is co-ordinating Gathering events in the county, asked councillors for leave to use €30,000 of the €100,000 business support grant funds for additional Gathering events throughout 2013.
Mr Shakespeare said that the DLR Gathering’s steering committee had now met 15 times, and that progress on events in the county was good.
However, he added that certain applications for events had not met the criteria for Government funding and were therefore outstanding and in need of another source of funding.
The €30,000 he was asking to be transferred from the Business Grant Fund would meet these outstanding applications.
Councillor Victor Boyhan (Ind) said he had no problem giving the okay to Mr Shakespeare’s plan to use a portion of the business support grant for the Gathering as he considered that the two initiatives went hand in hand.
All other members in the chamber agreed to Cllr John Bailey’s motion to transfer €30,000 of the grant into the Gathering pot and therefore the motion was agreed unanimously.
€5 million was initially earmarked by the Government for promotional costs to market the Gathering, and a further €2 million for Gathering projects was given to local authorities for them to disburse in their areas as they saw fit.
€1 million of the funding was provided by Irish Public Bodies (IPB) Insurance and the other half by The Gathering Ireland.
Additional funding was launched last week, where it was announced that a total of 1,322 funded events made up of 82 county flagship events and 1240 local community events, will be administered by the City and County councils based on agreed application criteria.
A key factor in the evaluation process was the event’s capacity to attract overseas visitors.
Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said: “I’m delighted that we can present such a huge range of flagship events which shows what a great year we have ahead of us.
“There really is something for everyone, whether you live in Ireland or are coming from overseas.
“The IPB Gathering Ireland Fund will have a real impact on 2013 and I commend IPB Insurance for its commitment to this project.”

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