Thursday, 22 November 2018

Questions (203)

Brendan Ryan

Question:

203. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans for the development of a national training base for the IHU in view of the fact that Ireland is the only top grade hockey country in the world without such a facility (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [48746/18]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of sport, increasing participation at all levels and raising standards, including the development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus at Abbotstown.

As part of Sport Ireland's partnership strategy for the development of facilities by the main field sport National Governing Bodies of sport, an agreement is in place with Hockey Ireland for the development of hockey facilities at the Campus. I understand that Sport Ireland is currently engaging with Hockey Ireland in relation to requirements for its international teams.

The Board of Sport Ireland allocated additional high performance funding amounting to €500,000 to Hockey Ireland in August to support the delivery of its high performance programme including advancing the establishment of a base at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus.