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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Funding (23 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport, including responsibility for the allocation of funding to sporting organisations. As this question is a matter for Sport Ireland, I have referred it to Sport Ireland for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (22 Feb 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. The 2017 round of the programme is currently open for applications. Applications must be made online at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ie. The application period closes on Friday next 24 February. Information on how to...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (21 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The organisation referred to by the Deputy was allocated a total of €800,000 in grants under the Sports Capital Programme. I understand that an additional €240,000 in RAPID top-ups was also allocated. The grantee and the Department entered into a Deed of Covenant and Charge for the amount of the grants, including the top-ups, which, inter alia, requires that the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Data (21 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The collection of official statistics is primarily a matter for the Central Statistics Office (CSO) which comes under the remit of the Department of the Taoiseach. The CSO does not, however, provide a regional or county level breakdown of statistics in their monthly 'Overseas Travel' publication. I am aware that Fáilte Ireland provides an estimated regional breakdown of overseas visits...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Drugs in Sport (21 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the promotion, development and co-ordination of sport. This includes responsibility for the area of anti-doping, including testing of athletes. I have referred the Deputy's question to Sport Ireland for direct reply. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Project Funding (15 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Decisions on tourism initiatives undertaken in South Dublin are a matter for the tourism agencies, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. I have referred the Deputy's Question to both agencies for 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: Wild Atlantic Way Project (15 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: While my Department provides the capital funding for investment in tourism projects such as the Wild Atlantic Way, it is not directly involved in developing or managing these. The development of the Wild Atlantic Way is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. Accordingly I have referred the question to the agency for direct reply. Please contact my private office if you do not...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Funding (14 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: I understand that Cork County Boxing Board is interested in developing a boxing headquarters and centre of excellence in Knocknaheeny.  The rules of the Sports Capital Programme seek to ensure the efficient and effective allocation of public moneys towards the development of sporting infrastructure throughout Ireland.  Any proposal from the Cork County...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Funding (14 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Department of Education and Skills has overall lead responsibility for skills development policy generally across all sectors, including hospitality and tourism, and oversees the bulk of training provided nationally, channelling funding through its agency SOLAS for further education and through the Higher Education Authority (HEA) for higher education. A limited number of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Funding (14 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The only funding provided directly by the Sports Division of my Department to clubs and organisations is through the Sports Capital Programme. Details of all previous allocations under the Sports Capital Programme are available on my Department's website. On 21 December last, Minister Ross and I announced that €30m is being made available under the 2017 Sports Capital...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (14 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: Under the 2015 Sports Capital Programme (SCP), Thomond Park Stadium Company Ltd applied for funding of €173,856 towards the cost of floodlighting and ball stop netting and were provisionally allocated a grant of €141,876 towards floodlighting. There was no round of the SCP in 2016. As the Deputy will be aware, on 21 December last, Minister Ross and...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (14 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: On 21 December last, I, along with Minister Ross, announced that €30m is being made available under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme. The application process opened on 23 January and will remain open until the 24 February. For the 2017 Sports Capital Programme my Department has introduced a number of innovations to try to reduce the proportion of invalid applications...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Policy (8 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: My Department's primary 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, which are operational matters for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland. In this regard, Fáilte Ireland is delivering its Food Tourism Activity Plan which has as its...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Policy (8 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy.  Even though the department is not directly involved in the management or development of individual tourism projects, such as the development of a potential Lakelands brand I have met with Fáilte Ireland officials to be updated on the progress of the Lakelands brand and I am...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Funding (8 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​I would agree with the Deputy that it is important when assessing medal performance at the major games to compare the underpinning investment in high performance sport in each country as the data suggests a link between performance outcomes and investment levels in high performance sport.  In relation to the setting of medal targets, it should be...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Departmental Strategies (8 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: It is important to highlight the success achieved by our high performance athletes in 2016. Along with two Olympic Medals, Irish Olympians achieved fourteen Top Ten and fourteen Top Twenty finishes. Additionally, our Paralympic team won eleven medals and achieved twenty two Top Eight finishes. I understand that Sport Ireland are in the process of finalising a...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (8 Feb 2017)

Patrick O'Donovan: The total number of applications under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme will not be known until after the closing date of the 24th February. I expect a large number of applications however, and am aware that almost 1,600 were received in 2015 while over 2,000 applications were received under both the 2012 and 2014 rounds of the programme. Every application will be...

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