Tuesday, 23 July 2019

Questions (2443)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

2443. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of funding committed to date in respect of centres of excellence (details supplied); the capital projects that involve the organisation in tabular form; if budgets, investments and-or funds for capital projects involving the organisation are suspended; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33592/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

Minister Ross and I previously stated that no further payments will be made by my Department to the FAI under sport capital schemes until we are satisfied with corporate governance structures at the Association. Applications for new projects under the Sports Capital Programme or the new Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF) will be assessed in the normal way but if an allocation is made, no payments will be made until all matters that gave rise to concern including corporate governance and financial management at the Association have been addressed satisfactorily. My Department wrote to the Association on the 17th April in this regard and this continues to be the position.

The table below sets out in tabular form the status of the existing live allocations that have been made to the Association and the up to date position in regard to same.

Organisation

Project Summary

Amount Allocated

Application Status

Balance Outstanding

SCP Year

AUL- FAI Ltd

AUL Complex Floodlighting and Electrical work

€35,000

Formally Approved Fully Outstanding

€35,000

2004

FAI

Phoenix Park Dressing Rooms Sports Equipment

€24,000

Grant Provisionally Allocated

€24,000

2012

AUL-FAI Ltd

Changing Rooms Improvements

€53,000

Formally Approved Partially Outstanding

€10,722

2014

FAI

Floodlighting at United Park Drogheda

€60,000

Formally Approved Partially Outstanding

€12,322

2015

FAI

Sports Equipment for grassroots programmes

€74,000

Grant Provisionally Allocated

€74,000

2017

FAI

Ferrycarrig Park Wexford,

€56,000

Grant Provisionally Allocated

€56,000

2017

Details of all finalised allocations to the Association are available on the Department's website.

In regard to the specific projects mentioned by the Deputy the position is that the Munster Centre of Excellence and the Aviva Stadium Lansdowne Road, are the subject of applications under the LSSIF. 72 applications were received in total under the LSSIF and my officials are currently undertaking an initial assessment of them. In view of the detailed information contained in each application, I am advised that it will take a number of months to have all of them assessed. Accordingly, I expect that it will be towards the end of this year before allocations are announced.

Under a partnership strategy for the development of field sport facilities at the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus, Abbotstown, capital funding of €500,000 was committed for the development of football training facilities. €475,000 of this funding was drawn down from Sport Ireland in 2014 and 2015.

I am not aware of any specific application for capital funding for a centre of excellence at Galway United.