Hogan ignored advice to hand out funding
Published 23/11/2015 | 02:30
A charity in Mayo received €180,000 in funding after former Environment Minister Phil Hogan ignored independent advice recommending that other organisations should receive support.
The Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) was ranked in the bottom 20 of 157 charities and voluntary groups which applied for funding under the Scheme to Support National Organisations.
However, IASE was among 55 community, charity or voluntary organisations to share a pot of €7m. It was awarded more than €180,000.
The Department of Environment commissioned Pobal to carry out an independent assessment of all of the organisations that applied for funding under the scheme when Mr Hogan was the minister in 2014.
A Pobal spokesperson told RTÉ's 'This Week' that they made their recommendations to the department based on who best met the criteria for funding.
They placed the IASE in 137th place.
Pobal recommended that 44 charities should get funding, but Mr Hogan expanded this list to 55 and included IASE.
All of the other bodies to receive funding were ranked in the top 54 by Pobal, meaning that IASE secured funding ahead of more than 80 charities that scored higher.
Mr Hogan declined to comment when contacted by the Irish Independent last night.
A spokesperson for the department said that the final decision on who should receive funding was a matter for the minister.
They added that Pobal's role was to make recommendations and that Mr Hogan had selected IASE because of their "unique role" of providing employment services for the disabled.
However, 36 of the organisations which did not receive funding, but were scored higher than IASE, also provide services for people with disabilities or diseases.