Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Wild Atlantic Way Project
832. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport further to Parliamentary Question No. 941 of 15 January 2019, the invoices received by Fáilte Ireland for the overall cost of the cycle sportif project over and above the cost of €622,000 as reported on 19 February 2019; the amount paid to a company (details supplied) for the project; if invoices dating back to October 2018 remain unpaid; his views on correspondence dated 16 October 2018 issued by Fáilte Ireland which terminates the supply agreement pursuant to clause 14.2; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [31459/19]
My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy. It is not directly involved in the development, management or promotion of particular tourism initiatives, which are matters for the tourism agencies.
With specific regard to certain issues relating to the Wild Atlantic Way cycle sportif group participative event, I am aware that these are now the subject of a legal exchange between Fáilte Ireland and the event organisers. It would therefore be inappropriate for me to make any comment on the matter.
I have asked Fáilte Ireland to reply directly to the Deputy in regard to the matters raised. Please contact my private office if you have not received a reply within ten working days.