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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 17 June 2021

Thursday, 17 June 2021

Questions (267, 268)

Chris Andrews

Question:

267. Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the projects that have been successful in their application to the large scale sport infrastructure fund in 2019, 2020 and 2021; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32528/21]

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Chris Andrews

Question:

268. Deputy Chris Andrews asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the status of the large-scale sport infrastructure fund; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32529/21]

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Written answers (Question to Tourism)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 267 and 268 together.

The National Sports Policy published in 2018 provided for the establishment of a Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund (LSSIF). The aim of the fund is to provide support for larger sports facilities where the Exchequer investment is greater than the maximum amount (€300,000) available under the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme. The National Development Plan provided a capital allocation of at least €100m over the period to 2027 for the Fund.

The first allocations under the Fund were announced at the beginning of 2020 and approximately €86.4m has been awarded to 33 proposals to date. Details of these projects can be found at the following link: https://www.gov.ie/en/service/4113b3-large-scale-sport-infrastructure-fund-lssif/

These projects are at various stages of a due diligence process and formal grant agreements have now issued to a number of the successful applicants.

While it is not proposed to open the LSSIF for new applications at present, my Department is undertaking a review of the LSSIF which is expected to be complete in the near future. This review will consider, inter alia, progress on all existing grants and whether any additional grants should be awarded including to previously unsuccessful applicants. The timing of any new call for proposals will also be considered. Any new allocations or a new call for proposals, will be considered in the context of the review of the National Development Plan.

Question No. 268 answered with Question No. 267.
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