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Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (21 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​​The Deputy will be aware that 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 Deputy will also be aware that there was no round of the SCP in 2009, 2010 or 2011 and that there were rounds of the programme in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The Programme for...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 408 to 410, inclusive, together. Details of all allocations under the Sports Capital Programme, including those under the 2015 round of the SCP, are published on the Department's website, the link for which is www.dttas.ie. No round of the SCP has been advertised to date in 2016, and no decision has been made on the timing of any...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Data (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: I propose to answer Questions Nos. 411 and 412 together. The total for Sports Capital Programme funding allocated in 2015 and yet to be drawn down amounts to €41.1m. For years prior to 2015, the total amount of Sports Capital Programme funding yet to be drawn down amounts to €46.2m. These figures include grants allocated under advertised rounds of the SCP, as well as special...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Swimming Pool Programme Status (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme (LASPP) provides for grant aid to local authorities towards the capital costs of new swimming pools or the refurbishment of existing pools.  In January of this year, the Department contacted local authorities and sought expressions of interest in a limited round of swimming pool allocations.  There were three expressions of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Data (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Tourism continues to contribute significantly to Ireland's economic recovery.  CSO figures for the first five months of 2016 show that there were over three million overseas visits to Ireland, an increase of 13.7% on the same period of 2015.  Thankfully all of our main target markets are showing good growth levels with visits from North America up by over 18%, visits from...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The role of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national policy. The development of business tourism is an operational matter for the Boards and Managements of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Fáilte Ireland is responsible for the development of the business tourism sector. Tourism Ireland is responsible...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Funding (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​I have referred the Deputy's question to Sport Ireland for information on any relevant grants that might be available through its grant funding programmes. I have asked Sport Ireland to reply directly to the Deputy on this matter. I would ask the Deputy to inform my office if a reply is not received within 10 days.​

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Schools Building Projects Status (20 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​My Department does not have an application from the organisation referred to by the Deputy. However, I am informed that the organisation has applied to the Department of Education and Skills for replacement school accommodation, including a general purpose hall. The matter is therefore more appropriate to my colleague the Minister for Education and Skills.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Deputies will be aware that the Sports Capital Programme is the Government's primary vehicle to support the development of sports facilities and the purchase of sports equipment. Deputies will also be aware that there was no round of the SCP in 2009, 2010 or 2011.  There were however rounds of the programme in 2012, 2014 and 2015.  Almost 1,600 applications were received...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Arrangements for the provision of tourist information offices are an operational matter for the Board and management of Fáilte Ireland.  Accordingly, I have referred the Deputy's question to them 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: UK Referendum on EU Membership (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Great Britain has consistently been Ireland's most important source market for visits to Ireland, with just over 3.5 million visits in 2015. This represented 41% of our total overseas visits. CSO figures for the period January to May 2016 show further strong performance from the GB market with growth in visit numbers of over 15.7%, when compared with the same...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Swimming Pool Programme Status (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​In January of this year, my Department contacted local authorities and sought expressions of interest in a limited round of swimming pool allocations, subject to funding becoming available from other projects where those projects would not be progressed. Expressions of interest were received from 17 local authorities. There were only three expressions of interest received for new...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: UK Referendum on EU Membership (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​Great Britain has consistently been Ireland's most important source market for visits to Ireland, with just over 3.5 million visits in 2015. This represented 41% of our total overseas visits. CSO figures for the period January to May 2016 show further strong performance from the GB market with growth in visit numbers of over 15.7%, when compared with the...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The role of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national policy.  The development of the Ireland's Ancient East brand is an operational matter for the Board and Management of Fáilte Ireland.  The Department is not directly involved in its development or promotion. Accordingly, I have asked...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Dormant Accounts Fund (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The allocation of the remaining €3 million in Dormant Accounts Funding for sports measures, including the €798,000 in capital funding, will be announced shortly. The allocation of this funding is subject to the approval of the Minister of State for Regional Economic Development who has responsibility for Dormant Accounts Funding.​ The Dormant Accounts...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Capital Programme Applications (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: No decision has been made on the timing of any future rounds of the Sports Capital Programme. Any interested group should register online now at www.sportscapitalprogramme.ieas this portal will be the only way to apply under any future rounds of the Programme.

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Tourism Promotion (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​The role of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national policy. The development and promotion of business tourism, including the promotion of Ireland as a conference venue, is a matter for the Boards and Managements of Fáilte Ireland and Tourism Ireland. Accordingly, I have asked the tourism agencies...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Olympic Games Facilities (19 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) is responsible for Team Ireland at the 2016 Rio Olympics. The OCI's medical team have taken their lead from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the zika situation. The IOC has provided the OCI with every assurance and the OCI has total confidence that the Games will be safe for all athletes. The OCI is following the recommendations of...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Wild Atlantic Way Project (12 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: ​My Department's role in tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not involved in the management of individual tourism projects, such as the Wild Atlantic Way. The Wild Atlantic Way Passport initiative was developed by Fáilte Ireland and An Post to increase visitor dwell time and encourage greater exploration and immersion in the many...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Sports Events (6 Jul 2016)

Patrick O'Donovan: The development of proposals for the staging of major sports events is a matter in the first instance for the governing bodies of the relevant sports and other event promoters.  In that regard, the tourism and sports agencies are available to discuss proposals to host or stage sports events and may be in a position to support those events, subject, of course, to...

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