245. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the annual funding provided to an organisation (details supplied) in each of the years 2011 to 2018 and to date in 2019, in tabular form. [25088/19]
Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): Details of the funding provided by my Department to the Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) for the period 2011-2018, and to date in 2019, are provided in the attached spreadsheet.
The fluctuation in the annual funding relates to the variation in the type of services provided in the years in question. Cosc, the National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, provides funding towards RCNI's legal coordination service while the Victims of Crime office funds victim support services provided by the RCNI. Details of the services and payments provided for the period in question are included in the spreadsheet.
Cosc has an overall budget of €2.738m in 2019, with the bulk of this money used to fund the national awareness campaign on domestic and sexual violence (which was sought by and has the support of NGOs) as well as important domestic violence intervention programmes. The RCNI is one of 57 organisations to benefit from funding of €1.712 million to be provided by the Victims of Crime Office in 2019.
The Deputy will wish to be aware that Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, is the primary statutory funder of sexual violence services in the state. In 2019 the Tusla national provision for frontline Domestic, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence services is €25.3 million, an increase of €4.9 million on the equivalent 2015 allocation.