Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (262, 273)

Catherine Murphy

Question:

262. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media if sports capital grant funding has been awarded to a club (details supplied) in County Kildare since 2015; if so, the amount that has been paid and the amount outstanding; if there is an impediment for paying outstanding grants; if so, if she will provide details of same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [6631/21]

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Catherine Murphy

Question:

273. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the date on which a sports capital grant will issue to a club (details supplied); and if further information is required in order to release the funding. [7215/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 262 and 273 together.

The club referred to by the Deputy was provisionally allocated a grant of €81,500 under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme (SCP) for the development of an artificial playing surface and a further €83,343 under the 2018 SCP towards the provision of floodlights and non-personal sports equipment.

In accordance with the terms and conditions of the SCP and due to the level of grants received by the club in the past, it is necessary to execute a Deed of Covenant and Charge in order to protect the public investment in the facility. In this regard I understand that the Chief State Solicitors Office (CSSO) has been in contact with the club’s solicitors in relation to some outstanding documentation. It will not be possible to provide formal approval for the funding until the CSSO confirms that all legal formalities have been completed. Once the CSSO confirmation is received there will be no undue delay in paying the grants subject to the other necessary documentation being submitted by the club.