Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Ceisteanna (544)

Gerard Murphy

Ceist:

567 Mr. G. Murphy asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism the position regarding the application for a sports capital grant by a club (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14100/07]

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 level throughout the country. The programme is advertised on an annual basis. Applications for funding under the 2007 programme were invited through advertisements in the Press on October 15th and 16th last. The closing date for receipt of applications was November 24th 2006. A total of 1,533 applications were received including one for the project in question which was in the name of the Cork County Athletics Board.

All applications received before the deadline were evaluated against the programme's assessment criteria, which are outlined in the guidelines, terms and conditions of the programme. On 5th April last, I announced €85 million in provisional allocations to 935 organisations, which included a provisional grant of €700,000 to the project in question.