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Sports Funding

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 1 June 2021

Tuesday, 1 June 2021

Ceisteanna (301)

Peter Burke

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301. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media the funding allocated to an association (details supplied) since 2017 to date; the conditions attached to this funding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [29591/21]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Tourism)

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. This includes the allocation of funding to sporting organisations across a variety of funding schemes.  I have referred the Deputy's question to Sport Ireland for direct reply in relation to the funding allocated to the organisation mentioned by the Deputy from 2017 to date and the conditions attaching to same. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 working days. 

In relation to support for capital projects, €512,000 has been allocated since 2017 to the Association referenced by the Deputy. Of that allocation, €212,000 has been allocated via the Sports Capital and Equipment Programme and €300,000 via the Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund.

The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country. The Large Scale Sport Infrastructure Fund provides Exchequer support for larger sports facility projects.

My Department corresponded directly with the Association in respect of all allocations under the SCEP and LSSIF and those communications addressed the terms and conditions that must be met prior to formal approval of the grants.

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