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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (19 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: 1,592 applications were received under the 2015 Sports Capital Programme with a total of 566 deemed invalid. My Department estimates that almost 90% of invalid applications were deemed so for one of the 5 reasons set out below. 1. Title/Access requirements not satisfied. 2. Insufficient evidence of planning permission, planning application, or exemption from...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 1531 and 1564 together. The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment.  On 21 December last, Minister Ross and I announced that €30m is being made available under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme to develop sports...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​County Donegal forms part of the Wild Atlantic Way experience brand.  Decisions on how the Wild Atlantic Way is marketed overseas is a matter for Tourism Ireland Limited, and in the case of the domestic tourism market, it is a matter for Fáilte Ireland. These decisions are not subject to my approval. Accordingly, I have also referred the Deputy's...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Fáilte Ireland (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The management of the Tourist Information Office network is an operational matter for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland. Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy's question to the agency for further information and direct reply.  Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Recreational Facilities (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The refurbishment of the pool in Buncrana, Co. Donegal has been included in the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme since 2000. Detailed contract documents were received by the Department in 2015. Some clarifications were sought on these documents and a response was received from the Council in March 2016. The documents and additional clarifications were examined...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sport and Recreational Development (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: As the Deputy may be aware, officials from my Department have engaged with Finn Harps and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) on this matter. I am advised that my Department's technical advisor is currently examining the invoices on hand for work to date and is also considering the updated quantity surveyor's report which details the estimated cost of completing the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Capital Investment Programme (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects.  While the Department provides funding to Fáilte Ireland to invest in tourism offerings, it does not have a role in the administration of those capital programmes. That is an operational...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: Details of all allocations and payments made under the Sports Capital and Local Authority Swimming Pool Programmes are published on the Department's website www.dttas.ie.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Swimming Pool Programme (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme (LASPP) provides grant aid to local authorities towards the capital costs of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools. There are four stages in the development of a project under the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme, namely Preliminary Report, Contract Documents, Tender and Construction. In January of 2016, my...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (17 Jan 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment.  On 21 December last, Minister Ross and I announced that €30 million is being made available under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme to develop sports infrastructure around the country. Applications will be accepted...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications Data (16 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: Details of all allocations under the Sports Capital Programme, including the allocations referred to by the Deputy, are published on the Department's website www.dttas.ie. Details of payments for 2016 under the Sports Capital Programme will be published early in the new year. Details of previous years' payments are also available on the Department's website. 

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Wild Atlantic Way Project (16 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The Programme for Government provides that the Government will set aside €100 million in additional capital funding for investment in the Wild Atlantic Way, Greenways and a number of other initiatives. This commitment covers a number of funding programmes and Departments. Consideration of how best to allocate funding for these areas will form part of the mid-term...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (16 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment.  The most recent rounds of the programme were in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Following the conclusion of the 2017 Estimates discussions, a total of €52m has been provided for sports capital projects. This...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (16 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 516 to 518, inclusive, together. Details of allocations made by my Department under the Sports Capital Programme and details of all  allocations for other approved sports capital projects are published on the Department's website www.dttas.ie. In relation to allocations which have yet to be drawn down, the table below sets...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Administration (14 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment.  The most recent rounds of the programme were in 2012, 2014 and 2015. Following the conclusion of the 2017 Estimates discussions, a total of €52m has been provided for sports capital projects....

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (14 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Sports Capital Programme  (SCP) is the Government’s primary vehicle for supporting the development of sports facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment.  While the terms and conditions of the SCP are subject to change from time to time, for applications received under the 2015 SCP, a multi stage assessment process was used to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Events (13 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: Neither I nor Sport Ireland have any responsibility in relation to the matter raised by the Deputy. The Deputy may wish to enquire with the Irish Clay Pigeon Shooting Association (ICPSA), which is the National Governing Body for clay shooting.  All National Governing Bodies, including the ICPSA, are independent, autonomous bodies and are responsible...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (7 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects.  This is an operational matter for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland. That said, I can advise the Deputy that the Programme for Partnership Government commits to the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Hotel Accommodation (7 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: I welcome the improved viability of the hotel sector, given its important contribution to the economy and jobs.  However, the shortage of available hotel bedrooms in Dublin city has caused hotel room rates to increase in recent years.  While I acknowledge the need to have a fair return on investment, hotels must ensure that any increase in returns is done at...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Harbours and Piers Development (7 Dec 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: I understand that there is a Specific Local Objective within Dun Laoghaire Rathdown's 2016-2022 County Development Plan "to support and encourage the development of a National Watersports Centre to facilitate training and participation in a varied range of water sports and activities to provide a focus for national and international watersport events". In this regard, I'm aware that...

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