Ministers Humphreys, O’Brien, Chambers and Rabbitte announce €54.5 million package to support disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups

Media Release

Tuesday, 8th November 2022

  • 44 initiatives to be rolled out under Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2023
  • Projects to support disadvantaged communities, vulnerable groups, the elderly and people with disabilities
  • Big focus on providing sporting and educational opportunities to young people

The Government has today (Tuesday, November 8th) published the Dormant Accounts Action Plan 2023 – a €54.5 million package aimed at disadvantaged communities and vulnerable groups across the country.

The Action Plan sets out 44 initiatives across nine Government Departments, all of which are designed to support communities at a grassroots level.

From providing sporting and educational opportunities to our young people, to delivering projects for our elderly, disabled, marginalised and disadvantaged – the Action Plan aims to support those who need it most.

Funding for the Action Plan comes from unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post), as well as unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.


The Action Plan was launched today at the Cherry Orchard Equine Centre by the Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, Minister of State at the Department of Rural Community Development, Joe O’Brien TD, and Minister for Sport, Jack Chambers TD and Minister for Disabilities, Anne Rabbitte TD

The Equine Centre is to receive €123,200 under the Action Plan, which will support Garda Youth Diversion Projects and initiatives to help young people find employment.

The projects that will be supported under the Action Plan include:

  • Cross Government: €3.8 million for Traveller initiatives and services across five departments.
  • Rural and Community Development: €3 million to provide older people with personal safety alarms under the Senior Alerts Scheme.
  • Social Protection: €5 million to deliver employment and educational support programmes for people with disabilities and family carers.
  • Defence: €50,000 to provide sailing opportunities for disadvantaged young people.
  • Justice: €1.4 million for initiatives that protect young people from the influence of adult crime networks.
  • Sport: €12 million for Sport Ireland to increase participation, particularly for young people who need extra encouragement to take up a sport.
  • Housing: €3 million to tackle homelessness through the Housing First initiative
  • Education: €20,000 to cover transport costs associated with school visits to the Glasnevin Trust in Dublin.
  • Higher Education: €450,000 for the Traveller Apprenticeship Incentivisation Programme.
  • Rural and Community Development: €550,000 to fund initiatives in our public libraries, with a particular focus on disadvantaged groups and people with disabilities.
  • Defence: €400,000 to upgrade the Civil Defence Fleet and €200,000 to support our Veterans’ Organisations.

Other communities and projects being supported under the Action Plan:

  • Drogheda, County Louth: €350,000 to support communities in Drogheda as part of the Drogheda Implementation Plan.
  • Tallaght Community Outreach Centres, Dublin: €52,000 to support the three outreach centres in Tallaght (Glenshane Resource Centre, Flexible Training Centre in Brookfield and the Mountain Park Centre).
  • Windtown School Transport Initiative, Meath: €40,000 to provide school transport to students attending school in this DEIS area.
  • Inner City Enterprise, Dublin: €50,000 to provide small financial supports aimed at kickstarting the developing of social enterprises.
  • Meath Wellness Hub, Meath: €131,330 for a centre that provides supports to people suffering from mental health challenges, as well as their families.
  • West Limerick Resources, Limerick: €150,000 to fund a pre-social cohesion project aimed at supporting the Traveller Community in Rathkeale.
  • City Connects Pilot Programme, Dublin: €1.4 million for the City Connects Pilot Programme in Dublin’s North East Inner City.
  • Barnahus: €400,000 for this ‘One Service’ services for children and their families affected by child sexual abuse.
  • Oberstown Detention Centre: €249,000 to support a range of projects at the Oberstown Detention Centre in North County Dublin


Launching the Action Plan today, Minister Humphreys said:

“The Dormant Accounts Action Plan is a major initiative that aims to support communities at a grassroots level.


“The €54.5 million funding we are announcing today will benefit and support our young people, our elderly, people with disabilities, carers, as well as our marginalised and disadvantaged groups.


“The 44 projects that make up the plan have been put forward by 9 different Government Departments.


“These projects will help communities that suffer from disadvantage to overcome the challenges they face.


“And they will also provide great opportunities for people of all ages in terms of education, health and employment.”


Minister O’Brien stated:


“The 2023 Action Plan provides funding of €54.5 million to help address disadvantage right across Ireland. The 44 measures approved for funding will help to address a diverse range of issues such as Traveller equality, youth disadvantage, migrant integration and probation supports to prevent re-offending.


“Dormant Accounts funding makes a real difference to individuals and communities right across the country. The 2023 Action Plan being published today will help ensure that we can continue to support those who need it most during these challenging times.


“I had written to all Ministers asking that they give specific consideration to measures that would support Travellers therefore I am particularly pleased to see that €3.8 million is allocated for Traveller initiatives and services across five departments”.


Also speaking today, Minister Chambers said:


“The €12 million allocation for sports measures enables us to implement a Sport for All approach for people in disadvantaged communities and for those with a disability. Sport has the power to improve and change people’s lives for the better.


“The health benefits of an active lifestyle are beyond dispute and everybody, irrespective of their socio-economic status, should have the opportunity to reap those benefits. That is why increasing the level of sports and physical activity participation in these marginalised communities is a top priority.


“We can continue to make real progress next year with the help of this Dormant Accounts funding being announced today”.


Minister Rabbitte concluded:


“I’m glad to see such a big investment in supports for people with disabilities and family carers in the distribution of Dormant Accounts Funding announced today. It is another example of how we are working across government to ensure people with disabilities are supported in their communities, particularly on their journey toward employment, self-employment, or further education.


“I think it is clear from the initiatives detailed in the Action Plan 2023, that there is a focus on empowering some of our most vulnerable, helping them achieve their goals, bolstering both their confidence and their skillset.”


The Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan 2023 is available here




The Department of Rural and Community Development Press Office

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Notes to editors:


In total, 44 different measures, to the value of €54.5 million will be supported under the 2023 Action Plan. A full list of measures to be funded under the 2023 Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan is set out in the table below.


Many measures have been funded in previous Action Plans and have now been approved for continued funding in 2023 to enable the measures to operate again next year. The majority of approved measures will progress in 2023, with each Government Department responsible for delivery of their own measures. Minister of State Joe O’Brien T.D. asked Ministers to try to propose actions that would be of benefit to the Traveller community. Measures can progress over a number of years with funding drawn down from the Fund as spending is incurred.


This Action Plan builds on previous plans and ensures continued support for individuals and organisations right across the country. Funding under the 2023 Action Plan of €54.5 million builds further on a strong growth in spend in recent years, based on the resources in the fund, and compares to €28.5 million approved in the 2016 Action Plan.


Background to the Dormant Accounts Fund


The Dormant Accounts Acts 2001-2012, together with the Unclaimed Life Assurance Policies Act 2003, provide a framework for the administration of unclaimed accounts in credit institutions (i.e. banks, building societies and An Post) and unclaimed life assurance policies in insurance undertakings.

The main purpose of the legislation is to reunite account or policy holders with their funds in credit institutions or insurance undertakings and in this regard, these bodies are required to take steps to identify and contact the owners of dormant accounts and unclaimed life assurance policies.

However, in order to utilise the unused funds the legislation also introduced a scheme for the disbursement of funds that are unlikely to be reclaimed from dormant accounts and unclaimed policies for the purposes of measures to assist:


  1. the personal and social development of persons who are economically or socially disadvantaged;
  2. the educational development of persons who are educationally disadvantaged or
  3. persons with a disability.


Summary Table of Dormant Accounts Fund Action Plan

The following table provides a summary of measures and allocated funding under the Action Plan 2023 to each relevant Government Department. Full details are within the Action Plan itself.


Lead Department/Agency No. Description Max Allocation  
Department of Rural & Community Development 1 Social Enterprise Measure 2,300,000  
2 Senior Alerts Scheme 3,000,000  
3 Targeted Social Inclusion 970,000  
4 Pre-social Social Cohesion 150,000  
5 Public Libraries 550,000  
6 Participation and Engagement by marginalised and disadvantaged communities in the Local Economic and Community Planning (LECP) Process. 100,000  
7 Rethink Ireland 5,500,000  

Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government

8 Housing First 3,000,000  
9 Traveller Accommodation 620,000  
Department of Justice 10 Local Community Safety pilot projects completion 225,000  
11 Drogheda Implementation Plan Year 2 350,000  
12 Youth and Community Justice Services 5,000,000  
13 Awareness campaigns on Domestic, Sexual and Gender-based Violence and Victims’ Rights 1,889,000  
14 Irish Prison Service: Community Based Health in Justice 278,912  
15 Protecting Young People from the Influence of Adult Crime Networks in Ireland 1,426,000  
  16  Community Organisations – Criminal Justice Sector 200,000  
  17 Community Organisations – YPP Project Expenditure 105,000  
Department of Social Protection 18 Support Employment, Education and Training Outcomes for People with a Disability and Family Carers 5,000,000  

Department of Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth

19 Care Support for Vulnerable in Society 1,329,017  
20 Oberstown Detention Campus Training Initiatives 249,000  
21 Traveller and/or Roma Community Initiatives 1,705,265  
22 Youth and/or Family Initiatives 2,567,250  
23 Refugees Support Initiatives 800,000  
24 Babies and/or Young Children 75,000  
  25 Disability Awareness Initiative 140,000  
Department of Education 26 Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) 300,000  
27 Young Social Innovators 180,000  
28 CDETB Migrant Integration 115,000  
29 City Connects Pilot Project 1,400,000  
30 Travellers and Roma Education Fund 740,000  
  31 Time to Count 20,000  
  32 Glasnevin Trust 20,000  
  33 The Big Idea 100,000  
  34 MTU GoalMine Transition Year 43,956  
  35 Tusla Education Services (TESS) 104,600  
  36 School Completion Programme 280,000  
  37 Towards Inclusion 500,000  
Department of Defence 38 Upgrading of the Civil Defence Fleet of Vehicles 400,000  
39 Dormant Accounts funding to Veterans Associations 200,000  
  40 Sail Training Ireland 50,000  
Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media 41 Community Sport and Physical Activity Hubs 2,070,000  
42 National Sport Education and Training Hub 2,620,000  
43 Sports Measures for Disadvantaged Communities to Support the National Physical Activity Plan (NPAP) 7,310,000  
Department of Further and Higher Education, Research and Innovation and Science 44  

Traveller Apprenticeship Incentivisation Programme


TOTAL: €54,433,000
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