My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. While it provides funding to Fáilte Ireland for investment in national and regional festivals, my Department has no role in the administration of the related programmes.
I have asked Fáilte Ireland to reply directly to the Deputy with further information on the matters raised. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.
Fáilte will be in a position to provide more details, but in regard to the recently announced funding allocations to which the Deputy refers these related only to festivals being funded through Fáilte Ireland’s 2019 National Festival Programmes. There is a separate programme for Regional Festivals and Participative Events, for which Fáilte provides the funding to each of the Local Authorities which, in turn, are responsible for the administration of the programme in their respective areas and related funding allocations.