Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Ceisteanna (576)

John McGuinness

Ceist:

576. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the funding granted to the sport horse industry will be considered for additional funding of €5 million in budget 2020 to enable the industry to achieve objectives (details supplied); if the funding Departments will recognise the benefits of this investment as reflected in figures drawn from a 2016 analysis; if he will meet with the industry to discuss its strategy for the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [37331/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of sport, increasing participation at all levels and raising standards, including the allocation of funding across its various programmes. Sport Ireland channels funding for sport through the relevant recognised National Governing Body of Sport. In the case of equestrian sport, Sport Ireland allocates funding to Horse Sport Ireland through its Core Funding and High Performance Funding programmes.

The level of funding available to Sport Ireland for 2020 is subject, in the normal way, to the ongoing Budget 2020 process.

I have referred the Deputy's question to Sport Ireland for direct reply to the Deputy with any additional relevant information. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 days.