Written answers

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism

Sports Funding

7:00 pm

Photo of Bernard DurkanBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael)
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Question 75: To ask the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport the extent if any of capital or current funding provided by her for various sporting, recreational or similar activities throughout County Kildare in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 both from the proceeds of the national lottery or from other sources; the intended expenditure from each source in 2011; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [4198/11]

Photo of Mary HanafinMary Hanafin (Minister, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Minister, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Innovation; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)
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My Department provides capital funding for the provision of sports and recreation facilities through the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) and through the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme (LASPP). Current funding is a provided through the Irish Sports Council. Under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP), which is administered by my Department, and part funded from the proceeds of the National Lottery, funding is allocated to sporting and community organisations at local, regional and national level throughout the country.

€33 million has been provided in my Department's Vote in the 2011 Estimates to cover payments to be made from the C1 subhead, out of which grants are paid for the provision of sports and recreation facilities in respect of previously awarded grants. It is expected that all of this funding will be paid out to sports clubs and organisations this year.

As the drawdown of outstanding allocations is dependent on the timely receipt of invoices and other documentation from the grantees it is not possible to predict the exact amount of SCP drawdown from any county during a particular period of time.

The figures for payments under the SCP to projects in County Kildare for each of the last four years are set out in the table:

Sports Capital Programme
2010€1,061,870
2009€1,654,421
2008€687,451
2007€1,031,964

Under the Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme (LASPP) a provision of €6.65m has been made in 2011 which will be sufficient to meet existing commitments under current round of the Local Authority Swimming Pool Programme.

Swimming pools in Athy and Naas have benefited from LASPP funding of €3.8m each. All of this funding has been drawn down. The figures for expenditure under the LASPP for each of the years since 2007, for County Kildare are set out in the table below.

Local Authority Swimming Pools Programme
2010€761,843
2009€0
2008€4,404,580
2007€2,452,005

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