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Dáil Éireann díospóireacht -
Wednesday, 3 Dec 1997

Vol. 484 No. 1

Written Answers. - Tourism Funding.

Seán Barrett


52 Mr. Barrett asked the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation if he will give details of the various bodies, funded wholly or partly by the State, which disperse funds to tourism-related projects; and the means, if any, by which he has consulted in relation to the activities of these bodies or their funding in relation to tourism. [21278/97]

The three principal agencies operating under the aegis of my Department which disburse funds to tourism related projects are Bord Fáilte, Shannon Development and CERT, the financial allocations in respect of which are contained in the annual Estimates for Public Services.

My Department serves as lead Department for the Operational Programme for Tourism under which EU grant assistance is provided to develop Irish tourism over the period 1994-99. Following approval of grant applications by independent management boards, Bord Fáilte and Shannon Development make European Regional Development Fund funding available for product development and marketing. In addition, CERT provides some ESF funding to the private sector for training initiatives to complement training provided directly by CERT.

The Department of Arts, Heritage, Gaeltacht and the Islands is the implementing agency for the sub-programme for the development of natural and cultural tourism and the Department of the Marine and Natural Resources implements the tourism angling measure.

The main co-ordinating mechanism for these agencies and their expenditures under the operational programme is the national monitoring committee which is chaired by my Department and on which all the relevant Departments and State agencies are represented.

Funding for tourism initiatives can be provided under the other operational programmes — including the operational programmes for Agriculture, Rural Development and Forestry and the operational programme for Local Urban and Rural Development — and a number of other Community initiatives such as the Leader programme, INTERREG programmes — both Northern Ireland and maritime — and the Special Programme for Peace and Reconciliation. The International Fund for Ireland also has a tourism programme.
In addition to being the lead Department for the Operational Programme for Local Urban and Rural Development, my Department contributes to the work of those programmes and initiatives mentioned above, primarily through consultation, participation in working groups and memberships of the relevant monitoring committees.