Tuesday, 8 October 2019

Questions (525)

Dara Calleary


525. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he has received correspondence from an organisation (details supplied); and if funding will be provided for an upgrade of the facilities. [40642/19]

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Written answers (Question to Culture)

I can confirm to the Deputy that I received a copy of the correspondence referred to on 30 September 2019.

I had previously allocated funding to the relevant Local Authority for the purpose of identifying and developing the facility referred to in the correspondence. However, following an audit of the proposed site carried out on behalf of the Local Authority, the site was deemed unsuitable.

My Department has since received an application for funding from the Local Authority in order to identify a more suitable site for the provision of the new facility. I have asked my officials to review the application in the context of the funding available for capital projects and the various demands on that funding.

I have been informed that a recommendation is being prepared by my officials and I hope, therefore, to be in a position to make a decision on this application shortly.