Provision of Additional Funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund to the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) and the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA).
Mr. Simon Coveney, T.D., Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, today (Friday 17th December 2021) welcomed the provision of an additional €200,000 of funding under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan towards the provision of services by the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (O.N.E.) and the Irish United Nations Veterans Association (IUNVA) to former members of the Defence Forces. This funding is in addition to €300,000 previously secured for both organisations across the period 2020–2022.
In welcoming the funding, Minister Coveney said: “I recognise the important public service that has been given to the State by retired members of the Defence Forces and it was in this context that I sought additional funding under the Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan.”
The Minister went on to acknowledge the projects that have already been facilitated by Dormant Accounts funding, including IUNVA’s National Museum which was officially opened, on his behalf, by Ms. Jacqui McCrum, Secretary General of the Department of Defence in September 2021, and ONE’s Veterans Support Centre and hostel in Cobh, Co. Cork, which was officially opened by the Minister in October 2021.
Minister Coveney said: “My officials and I have seen first-hand the valuable projects that previous funding under the Dormant Accounts Fund has facilitated. These additional funds will help to facilitate further such projects that will ultimately make a valuable difference to the lives of ex-servicemen and women.”
The Minister concluded by offering his thanks to the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys T.D., and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien, T.D. The Department of Rural and Community Development oversees the administrative framework within which Departments may apply for funding from the Dormant Accounts Fund.
Mr Colm Campbell, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of ONE, welcomed the announcement and indicated that the funds will be put towards supporting homeless veterans.