Minister McGrath launches public consultation on utilisation of National Lottery Funding

Published on: 31 March 2022

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath TD, today launched a public consultation seeking stakeholder views on the allocation and utilisation of National Lottery funding.

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform is currently conducting an independent review of the allocation and utilisation of National Lottery funding. The National Lottery is operated under licence by Premier Lotteries Ireland, on behalf of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. The National Lottery is also regulated by the Office of the National Lottery Regulator. Thirty cent from every euro spent on the lottery is returned to the Exchequer to be used for Good Causes Projects, and the National Lottery Act 2013 sets out the purposes to which this money should be assigned.

The public consultation being launched today is seeking views on the future policy framework for the allocation of Good Causes funding from the National Lottery. In particular, the Department is seeking views on the principles which could underpin any future framework to inform funding allocation; and views on options for new approaches to the allocation of funds arising from the Lottery to Good Causes.

Commenting on the launch of the consultation, Minister McGrath said:

“The National Lottery plays an important role in generating funds for Good Causes throughout Ireland. It is important that the allocation of this funding is done in a way that can best benefit local communities. This public consultation provides an opportunity for members of the public, local community groups, non-profit bodies and other stakeholders to have their say on any future framework for the allocation of National Lottery funding.”

Stakeholders are invited to give their views on the issues detailed in the public consultation document. The consultation period will run from today, 28th March 2022 to 22nd April 2022. 

The consultation document is available on Submissions can be made to (Dr. Ronnie O'Toole, Partner, Indecon Economic Consultants).