Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Questions (387)

Maureen O'Sullivan

Question:

391 Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if Swim Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland are private organisations, the reason they receive State funds; if they are then accountable to him for the use of the funds; the annual salaries of the CEOs and officials in Swim Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [35853/12]

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

Swim Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland are independent, autonomous bodies. The Irish Sports Council, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport, which includes responsibility for dealing with the recognised sporting organisations and the allocation of funding to same.

I am informed by the Irish Sports Council that the allocation of funding to National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) is based on a detailed application form and is for core funding and programmes such as Women in Sport and the High Performance Programme. NGBs are accountable to the Irish Sports Council in respect of the grants allocated to them by the Council, which must be expended on an agreed programme only.

I have no official function in relation to the remuneration of personnel within the organisations mentioned by the Deputy. I have referred the Deputy's question to the Irish Sports Council for a more detailed response in relation to the funding provided by them to Swim Ireland and the Olympic Council of Ireland. I would ask the Deputy to contact my office if a reply has not been received within ten days.