Thursday, 12 December 2019

Questions (317)

Brendan Smith

Question:

317. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to provide funding directly to soccer clubs that received assistance previously through the programmes of an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [52482/19]

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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 allocation of funding across its various programmes.

While funding to the organisation mentioned by the Deputy remains suspended, Sport Ireland is considering how best to fund relevant programmes in a manner that is aligned with the duty to protect public moneys.

As the Deputy will be aware, Sport Ireland has developed an effective intermediary arrangement for the payment of grant funding for the Women’s National Team. Sport Ireland is urgently examining a similar arrangement in relation to the provision of funding for development officers and it is expected that details of that arrangement would be announced shortly.