Thursday, 5 December 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
The total budget allocated for sport in my Department's Vote is set out in the Revised Estimates for each of the fifteen years up to and including 2019. Each of the annual publications is available at
In relation to 2020, a total of €125.39 million has been allocated for sport in the Budget Estimates. The amount allocated for current expenditure is €78.3 million and the capital allocation is €47.09 million.
328. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the level of sporting expenditure required to meet the ambition set out in the national sports policy; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51053/19]
Action 43 of the National Sports Policy 2018-2027 sets out the Government's ambition to increase investment in sport over the 10-year lifetime of the policy, to reach an annual level that exceeds €220 million by 2027. This figure is approximately double the funding allocated to sport in the 2018 Budget.
The Government has clearly demonstrated its commitment to achieving this doubling of funding, with increases in the funding allocated to sport in both the 2019 and 2020 Budgets. This increased investment is showing a real return, with improved performances by our high performance athletes and a marked increase in participation across the population, including in hard-to-reach communities. As the Deputy will be aware, just this week a further €4.2 million in funding support has been allocated from the Dormant Accounts Fund for sports programmes throughout the country, with the objective of increasing participation in sport and physical activity in disadvantaged communities and by people with disabilities.
I am confident that the Government's investment in sport will continue to deliver a real impact and that in the coming years, there will be further increases in funding for sport with a view to achieving the ambition set out in the National Sports Policy.
329. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the expenditure on high performance sport in each of the years 2017 to 2019; the anticipated expenditure for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [51054/19]
High performance sport is an important component of the National Sports Policy 2018-2027, published in July 2018. I am fully committed to achieving the investment aims set out in that policy.
The level of State investment in high performance sport since 2017 is as follows:
An additional €2 million expenditure allocation has been allocated in the Estimates for 2020, which will assist preparations by Team Ireland for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic games next year.