Wednesday, 18 December 2019
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
386. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if his attention has been drawn to the overall amount outstanding from an organisation (details supplied) to local soccer leagues and organisations either in the form of grants or payments for the use of pitches and premises and so on; if his attention has been further drawn to the fact that such outstanding funds have the capacity to seriously damage the activities of local soccer; and his plans to secure payment of the funds in the context of his plans to fund local soccer organisations. [53590/19]
Sport Ireland, which is funded by my Department, is the statutory body with responsibility for the development of sport, increasing participation at all levels and raising standards, including the allocation of funding across its various programmes.
While funding to the organisation mentioned by the Deputy remains suspended, Sport Ireland is considering how best to fund relevant programmes in a manner that is aligned with the duty to protect public moneys.
As the Deputy will be aware, Sport Ireland has developed an effective intermediary arrangement for the payment of grant funding for the Women’s National Team. Sport Ireland is urgently examining a similar arrangement in relation to the provision of funding for development officers who do such important work at grassroots level throughout the country and it is expected that details of that arrangement would be announced shortly.