Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Football Association of Ireland
1049. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the recovery guarantees in place in respect of the repayable grant worth a total of €7.63 million to the company which owns a stadium (details supplied); if the schedule of repayments on a monthly basis that have been agreed with the organisation will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2959/20]
1054. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the terms and conditions he attached to the reinstatement and increased funding provided to an organisation (details supplied) and related parties in 2020; if there are penalty clauses in place for late or non-payment of loans provided in respect of the funds; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3147/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 1049 and 1054 together.
On 30th January the Government approved an agreement to participate in a joint funding package for the Football Association of Ireland (FAI), subject to certain conditions. The conditions for the reinstatement of funding and the provision of additional funding to the association are set out in a Memorandum of Understanding between my Department and the FAI. The Memorandum of Understanding is published on my Department's website and is available at the following link:
The funding package includes the provision of a grant in the sum of €7.6338 million to the company referred to by the Deputy, in recognition of the importance of the continued operation of the stadium. The grant is to be paid in three instalments of €2.5446 million, directly to the company, in each of the years 2020, 2021 and 2022 and will be recouped from 2024 onwards.
My officials are currently finalising the precise terms for the funding agreement, including the terms for recoupment of the grant mentioned by the Deputy. The terms will be set out in relevant legal documents.
I anticipate that the terms for the funding agreement will be finalised shortly.