Written answers

Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Facilities

Photo of Catherine ConnollyCatherine Connolly (Galway West, Independent)
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883. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if a tender to construct a new national velodrome and badminton centre has been published; if so, when construction works will commence; the estimated duration of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11426/20]

Photo of Shane RossShane Ross (Dublin Rathdown, Independent)
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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 development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus at Abbotstown.

The National Development Plan 2018-2027 included a commitment to develop a National Velodrome and Badminton Centre at the National Sports Campus in 2020 and 2021. The proposal at that time comprised a 250-metre cycling track, 12-16 Badminton Courts in the in-track area, spectator seating and ancillary facilities including office space.

A review of the original design scheme for the project was undertaken by Sport Ireland in 2019 to assess the suitability and fitness of the design for present and future purposes. The review, which was completed in October 2019, proposed a number of design changes.

Sport Ireland submitted a revised business case for the project to my Department in May. This is currently being examined by my officials in line with the requirements of the Public Spending Code.

Any decision on this project will be subject to Ministerial approval and the availability of funding.


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