Thursday, 5 April 2007

Ceisteanna (316)

Dan Boyle


311 Mr. Boyle asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism if funding or grant aid for the development of a golf course (details supplied) in County Kerry arranged through his Department or related bodies or projects for example, National Lottery funding; if so, when and the grounds on which it was arranged; and the amount in relation to same. [13635/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism)

The sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, allocates funding to sporting and community organisations at local, regional and national levels. The programme is advertised on an annual basis.

While it is open to golf clubs to apply for funding under the programme in respect of the development of facilities, funding for private golf clubs would not generally be regarded as a priority under the programme and no private golf club has benefited under the programme since 2003. No funding has been provided under my Department's sports capital programme for the golf course in question.

My Department does not provide direct funding in respect of tourism product developments. Such funding is channelled through the two State Agencies, Tourism Ireland and Fáilte Ireland.