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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Events (19 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: The hosting of major sports events, both participative and spectator sports, can provide a great showcase for Ireland and drive international visitor numbers.  In addition, the media coverage of sports events helps to put Ireland onto travel itineraries as a holiday destination. I am very supportive of the ongoing efforts of the tourism agencies and the national governing bodies of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Swimming Pool Programme (19 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: My officials recently wrote to Limerick City and County Council stating that the Department is not in a position to provide funding for the works referred to at this time. As the Deputy may be aware, the pool in question received funding of €3,809,214 under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme with the final (retention) payment made in March 2009. As is the norm for grants...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Administration (19 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme attracted a record 2,320 applications. In November and December last, Minister Ross and I announced €60m in allocations to a record 1,800 projects under the 2017 round. A review of the 2017 round of the programme has now been finalised and published on my Department's website (www.dttas.ie). This review highlights aspects of the 2017...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Wild Atlantic Way Project (19 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy.  While the Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland to invest in tourism, it is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects.  These are operational matters for the board and management of Fáilte Ireland. Accordingly, I have referred...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (19 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. While the Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland for its organisational operations and investment in tourism, it is not directly involved in the management of individual tourism projects or the numbers of staff allocated to same. This is an operational matter for the board and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland Expenditure (19 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. While the Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland for investment in tourism, it is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects and has no role in the administration of the agency's grant programmes. These are operational matters for the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (14 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: The Sports Capital 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. As a matter of course, officials in the Sports Capital Programmes Division of my Department continually liaise with relevant clubs/organisations from the time of the provisional...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (14 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme attracted a record 2,320 applications. In November and December last, Minister Ross and I announced €60m in allocations to a record 1,800 projects under the 2017 round. A review of the 2017 round of the programme has now been finalised and published on my Department's website (). This review highlights aspects of the 2017 round of the...

Topical Issue Debate: Road Improvement Schemes (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: Mar a dúirt mé, thóg mé na ceisteanna sin ar son an Aire féin chun freagra a thabhairt do na Teachtaí faoi shonraí na scéime seo. Tá nóta agam anseo a deireann that there has been significant local lobbying for Galway County Council to carry out road improvement works on the local Derrartha Road, which connects the island areas of Connemara...

Topical Issue Debate: Transport Policy (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: I will pass the Deputy's sentiments on to the Minister. As far as cycling is concerned, I have often been stuck in gridlock in this city but I have not attempted to get on a bike here. I will be doing the Ring of Kerry cycle in a few weeks but that is less of a challenge. I can assure the Deputy, I would rather go up Coomakista or Moll's Gap any day than try and cycle around Dublin city....

Topical Issue Debate: Transport Policy (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: Tá mé ag fanacht anseo.

Topical Issue Debate: Road Improvement Schemes (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: Gabhaim mo leithscéal nach bhfuil an tAire anseo. Beidh mé ag labhairt ar a shon agus an freagra seo á léamh agam. Tógfaidh mé teachtaireacht ar ais chuige ó na Teachtaí. Tá an freagra atá agam i mBéarla. I am taking this matter on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Ross.

Topical Issue Debate: Road Improvement Schemes (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: This matter has been raised with the Minister, Deputy Ross, previously and I am pleased to restate the position in the House this evening. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from the local...

Topical Issue Debate: Transport Policy (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: I cannot speak for the Minister as to why he is not here. He has had a very busy day, including a Cabinet meeting this morning. We have just had over an hour and a half of parliamentary questions and he will be present again later for the taking of legislation. I apologise on his behalf. I will try to answer as many questions as I can for Deputy Eamon Ryan, give him the detailed written...

Topical Issue Debate: Road Network (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: At least it is bright until 11 p.m. at this time of the year but it is not quite the same in December so I appreciate where the Deputy is coming from. As a rural Deputy I understand many of the challenges so I will try to assist Deputy Rabbitte with some of those matters. I am taking this issue on behalf of the Minister, Deputy Ross. County and city councils - the local authorities -...

Topical Issue Debate: Road Network (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: Perhaps I can finish it after the supplementary question.

Topical Issue Debate: Road Network (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: There is an overlap between Departments in that respect. I have not operated in a dual mandate system and I know it can be frustrating as a Member of the Oireachtas trying to get accountability from local authorities. One does not have a forum in which to demand answers. There are matters that are not being addressed by members of Galway County Council and the executive and officials could...

Other Questions: Sports Capital Programme Administration (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: Every Member has a few projects in mind. I thank the Deputy for raising this matter again. Along with many other Deputies, he has been a great champion of the sports capital programme. The Government allocated more than €60 million to more than 1,800 projects throughout the country under the 2017 programme. The Minister and I were delighted to do that, particularly with an...

Other Questions: Sports Capital Programme Administration (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: I thank the Deputy. Great progress was made in the 2017 programme in cutting down the number of invalid applications. In 2012, 48% of applications were invalid while in the 2014 and 2015 rounds, the percentage was in the mid-thirties. It reduced to approximately 20% in 2017 and, for the first time, we had an appeals process for applicants that felt they were harshly adjudicated and their...

Other Questions: Health Promotion (12 Jun 2018)

Brendan Griffin: There is a subgroup of the national physical activity plan on children and young people. That focusses on 14 of the 60 actions trying to increase participation by children in sport. There is also representation on that group from Comhairle na nÓg, the National Parents Council and the agencies and national governing bodies as well. That is an important area in trying to implement those...

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