Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (488, 489)

Stephen Donnelly

Question:

488. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the timeline for a decision to be made on an existing application for a public swimming pool to be built in west County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39297/19]

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Stephen Donnelly

Question:

489. Deputy Stephen Donnelly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the details of representations made by the Minister for Health for funding to provide a community swimming pool in west County Wicklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39307/19]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 488 and 489 together.

The Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund opened for applications on 19th November 2018 and the closing date for receipt of applications was 17th April.

72 applications were received in total including an application from Wicklow County Council for funding towards design and site appraisal of a swimming pool in Blessington in West Wicklow. Details of the scheme and all applications received have been published on the Department's website along with the evaluation procedures and guidelines.

Assessment of the applications received has commenced. 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 any allocations are announced.

I am regularly updating Minister Harris and his office in relation to progress on the LSSIF and look forward to continuing to work with Minister Harris in this regard. In relation to any representations. I am also aware that his Office recently contacted mine to request a meeting on the matter and a response to this will issue shortly.