Thursday, 19 September 2019

Ceisteanna (202)

Barry Cowen


202. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if the National Indoor Arena phase 2 project has been completed; if not, when it is expected to be completed; the estimated cost of the project; the amount spent to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [38046/19]

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 development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus at Abbotstown.

Work commenced in July 2017 on the development of Phase 2 of the National Indoor Arena. The overall cost of the project was €26m, €6m provided in 2017, €18m in 2018 and the balance of €2m in 2019.

The project was completed and handed over to Sport Ireland on 31st May 2019. Phase 2 saw the construction of full-sized and half-sized covered synthetic pitches, primarily for soccer and rugby but capable of accommodating all field-sports, together with changing facilities, strength and conditioning facilities, offices and meeting rooms.