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Sports Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 30 June 2020

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

Ceisteanna (699, 700, 701)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

699. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the breakdown of the €70 million in extra funding for the sporting sector; and the areas the funding will be directed toward. [13123/20]

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Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

700. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the breakdown of the €40 million to be split between organisations (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13124/20]

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Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

701. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if there is an indicative amount of the €40 million to be split between organisations (details supplied) which is due to be distributed to a league and its football clubs via the governing body; the amount of this due to go to the league; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [13125/20]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 699 to 701, inclusive, together.

A funding package of up to €70 million was announced on Friday 19th June to support the sport sector, which has been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

 This funding package is broken down as follows:

- Funding of up to €40m for the three main field sports organisations – the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU.  

- a Resilience Fund of up to €10m to support the National Governing Bodies of Sport,

- a Sports Club Resilience Fund of up to €15m to support clubs, and

- a Sports Restart and Renewal Fund of up to €5m. 

This additional funding will be invested through new grant schemes which will be developed by Sport Ireland and my Department and administered by Sport Ireland. The precise terms of each of the new grant schemes will be announced by Sport Ireland in due course.  

It is not possible at this stage to provide a further breakdown of the €40 million funding for the main field sport organisations. The amounts to be allocated will be subject to an application and assessment process to be conducted by Sport Ireland.    

Sport Ireland will announce an open invitation to applications from funded bodies for assistance under the grant schemes.

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