Thursday, 30 November 2006
Sport and Recreational Development.
Paul Gogarty (Dublin Mid West, Green Party)
I was not here for that reply, but I will ask a question on the assumption that the reply given was what I anticipated. The programme for Government in 2002 suggested that a nationwide audit of sports facilities would be a priority within this Government's term of office. It now appears that this audit will not be completed by the next general election. In essence, the programme for Government has not been met and the Minister will go before the electorate without having carried out the audit as promised.
Is the Minister aware that audits have been successfully carried out in major cities across the UK? This has enabled them to target the type of sporting investment that is needed to promote sport among young people. In the absence of a proper audit of sports facilities, we are throwing away money and not giving a good opportunity in life to our children.