Written answers

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Funding

Claire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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1042. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his plans to support local sporting organisations and clubs with funding or grants as a result of Covid-19. [6646/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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A COVID-19 Sports Monitoring Group, chaired at Ministerial level, has been established to engage directly with the sporting bodies. Sport Ireland is also directly engaging with the sporting bodies on an ongoing basis in relation to the development of protocols to facilitate a safe return to training and competition.

This extensive engagement with the sport sector has highlighted the significant, adverse impact of COVID-19 and the importance of implementing an appropriate and focused response to the challenges facing all strands of the sector, ranging from the local sporting organisations and clubs to the National Governing Bodies. It is accordingly intended to develop a Sport Recovery Action Plan, in consultation with the sector, aimed at minimising the impacts and preparing the sector to restart activity, as part of the national recovery and renewal.

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