27/10/2016

Funding To Tackle Paramilitary Activity In NI Is Not At Risk - Ó Muilleoir

Funding to tackle paramilitary activity in Northern Ireland is not at risk, according to Finance Minister Máirtín Ó Muilleoir.

Following reports the money has not been released by the UK Government Minister Ó Muilleoir confirmed the funding is secure and it will be drawn down at the appropriate times, over the five year period, as soon as plans have been agreed.
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He said: "The Fresh Start Agreement states that the Executive will provide £25million to tackle paramilitary activity and that the British government will match this funding with an additional £25m over five years.
"There is in reality no issue between the NIO and the Executive on this – despite claims to the contrary. It is agreed that the emphasis has to be on getting the plans right so that funding is used most effectively.
"The Executive has already allocated £1.3million in June Monitoring and a further £2.5million in October Monitoring from the money set aside by the Executive to tackle this issue."

(CD)

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