Thursday, 5 December 2019

Questions (23)

Richard Boyd Barrett


23. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development if funds and support will be provided to Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council to ensure the community supervised playground on Library Road, Dún Laoghaire, is maintained as a supervised playground; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50637/19]

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Written answers (Question to Rural)

My Department provides funding for facilities such as playgrounds through capital grants for the provision of playground infrastructure, including Multi Use Games Areas or MUGAs through schemes such as the Community Enhancement Programme and the CLÁR Programme.

I understand also that the Department for Children and Youth Affairs administers a Capital Grant Funding Scheme to provide new and or refurbish existing play and recreational facilities for children and young people and has regular engagement with the local authority play and recreation network.

While my Department provides funding towards the Capital cost of providing playground infrastructure and equipment, it does not provide funding towards the ongoing running cost of managing such facilities including the cost of supervision. The cost of providing supervision would not meet the criteria for any funding scheme currently operated by my Department.

Responsibility for the provision of amenities such as playgrounds is under the remit of my colleague the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government whose Department  supports local government in its role of promoting the well-being and quality of life of citizens and communities through the efficient performance of its functions and the delivery of good-value services at local level.

I understand that the playground referred to by the Deputy is a facility which is being supported by Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Local Authority.