Extract from the Merchant Shipping (Investigation of Marine Casualties) Act 2000:
Advances by Minister for marine or natural resources based tourism or heritage projects.
46.—The Minister may, from time to time, with the consent of the Minister for Finance, advance to a person, out of monies provided by the Oireachtas, for the purposes of marine or natural resource based tourism or heritage projects, such sums, by way of grant or loan, as the Minister may determine and upon such terms and conditions as he or she considers necessary.
That provision has nothing whatsoever to do with marine casualties. It seems to allow ministers to splash the (taxpayers’) cash to anyone they favour. The provision should be repealed immediately.
I presume that the minister, at the time when the act was introduced, did not notice the oddity of this inclusion.