Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Ceisteanna (956)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

956. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position and status of the Adventure Activities Standards Authority Act 2001. [23003/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

The Adventure Activities Standards Authority Act, introduced by the Minister for Marine and Natural Resources, was enacted in 2001. It made provision for the establishment by the Minister for Marine and Natural Resources of an Adventure Activities Standards Authority, which would have responsibility for the regulation of adventure centres. However, the Act was not commenced and the body was not subsequently put in place.

Following detailed consideration of the matter it is now considered that the measures outlined in the  Adventure Activities Standards Authority Act, 2001 do not represent the most suitable approach to deal with this issue. At my request, the Irish Sports Council set up an Adventure Activities Working Group to examine issues around the regulation of the adventure activities sector. I will consider the Group’s findings when it reports to me later this year.