Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Questions (643)

Joan Collins


643. Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the status of funding for a proposed redevelopment (details supplied). [9909/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) has been the primary means of providing Government support to sports clubs and organisations for sports capital works. The facility referred to by the Deputy received a grant allocation (€65,000) under the most recent round of the SCP but at this stage my Department has no other provision in relation to the proposed redevelopment.

In relation to future investment, the recently published National Development Plan 2018 - 2027 contains a commitment to establish a new “Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund” with €100m available over the coming years. The Fund will be for larger projects where the proposed Government contribution exceeds the amount available under the SCP.

My officials will draft the terms and conditions of the new scheme over the coming months. All projects funded under the scheme will be subject to the Public Spending Code and State Aid requirements. In terms of calls for proposals, it is envisaged that at a minimum, the National Governing Bodies of Sport and local authorities will be asked to prioritise projects for possible inclusion. Prior to the terms and conditions of the new scheme being finalised and relevant organisations having the opportunity to apply, it is obviously not possible at this stage to say whether any specific projects will be supported under the new scheme.