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Sports Capital Programme.

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 19 May 2009

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Questions (264)

Michael McGrath

Question:

305 Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if financial support is available for a club (details supplied). [20119/09]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

Under the Sports Capital Programme, which is administered by my Department, funding is allocated towards the provision of sports facilities at national, regional and local level. Over 7,400 projects providing a range of essential sports facilities have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998 bringing the total allocation in that time to over €725 million. In 2008 over €50m was allocated towards 685 separate sports facility and equipment projects.

While it was open to golf clubs to apply for funding under previous rounds of the programme in respect of the development of facilities, funding for private golf clubs was not generally regarded as a priority and no private golf club has benefited under the programme since 2003. As I announced in the House earlier this year, no decision has been taken about the timing of future rounds of the programme.

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