Written answers

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

Sports Funding

Emer Higgins (Dublin Mid West, Fine Gael)
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167. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of National Lottery funding provided to sports organisations in each of the years 2005, 2010 and 2015; the amount planned for 2020; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [18433/20]

Photo of Eamon RyanEamon Ryan (Dublin Bay South, Green Party)
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Details of how the funding generated by the National Lottery is used to fund different categories of worthy projects is available at www.lottery.ie/news/good-causes.

In relation to sport projects, two Departmental sub-heads are part funded from the proceeds of the National Lottery.  These are the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) and Sport Ireland. The total amount allocated under the SCP in 2005 was approx. €66m. In 2010, while there was no general round of the Programme, allocations of €13.4m were made to the National Governing Bodies of Sport and local authorities. The total amount allocated in 2015  was €45.1m.

No decisions have yet been made in regard to a round of the programme in 2020. Details of allocations made under the Programme are published at the following website address:- www.gov.ie/en/service/d13385-sports-capital-programme.

Funding allocated by my Department to Sport Ireland is also part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery. Sport Ireland 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. Current funding is provided to Sport Ireland to fund a wide range of programmes aimed at increasing participation and raising standards in Irish sport and to allocate funding to National Governing Bodies of Sport to enable them to develop their sport in a strategic manner. Capital funding is allocated to Sport Ireland for the development of the Sport Ireland National Sports Campus at Blanchardstown. 

The total Exchequer allocation for Sport Ireland in 2020 is €68.5m (€65.6m current and €2.9m capital funding).  Prior to Sport Ireland being established in 2015, the Irish Sports Council was part-funded by the proceeds of the National Lottery.  The total Exchequer allocation for the Irish Sports Council in 2005 was €34.4m (current funding), in 2010 was €49.5m (current funding) and for the Irish Sports Council/Sport Ireland in 2015 was €42.5m (current funding).

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