Wednesday, 20 January 2021

Questions (186)

Brendan Griffin


186. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media her views on a matter (details supplied) regarding the Covid restrictions support scheme; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [2563/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

The Covid Restrictions Support Scheme is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Finance. Information on other supports schemes for businesses is a matter for the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.

With regard to COVID-19 supports provided by my Department for sport bodies and clubs, I can inform the Deputy that on 2 November and 21 December 2020, Minister Catherine Martin and I announced the allocation of an €85 million funding support package for the Irish sport sector.

The funding, which was allocated by Sport Ireland, will address the existential threat to National Governing Bodies and their club networks, allowing sports organisations to offset significant losses incurred in recent months and add a semblance of certainty to planning for 2021.

The funding package includes COVID-19 funding of €70 million, to provide support for the three main field sports organisations (the FAI, GAA and IRFU), a Resilience Fund to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport, a Sports Club Resilience Fund to support clubs, and a Sports Restart and Renewal Fund.

In total, €2.83 million was allocated to Golf Ireland (formerly the Confederation of Golf in Ireland), including €2.7 million under the NGB Resilience Fund, €30,000 under the Sports Restart and Renewal Fund and €100,000 under the Sports Club Resilience Fund.

Funding for clubs under the Sports Club Resilience Fund is being delivered directly by the National Governing Bodies, through programmes established by each of the National Governing Bodies in receipt of funding. The club mentioned by the Deputy should contact Golf Ireland in relation to any supports that may be available through its funding programme.