Written answers

Thursday, 15 October 2020

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Covid-19 Pandemic

Photo of Neale RichmondNeale Richmond (Dublin Rathdown, Fine Gael)
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144. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the level to which boxing clubs can operate under Covid-19 restrictions; the engagement she has had with an organisation (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter. [30859/20]

Photo of Catherine MartinCatherine Martin (Dublin Rathdown, Green Party)
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Under Level 3 of the Government’s Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with Covid-19, no matches or sports events are permitted other than those which are specifically exempted under the Recovery and Resilience Plan. Where these exempted events are taking place at Level 3, they must be held behind closed doors with no spectators permitted. Training is permitted, in non-contact groups of up to 15 outdoors; only individual training is permitted indoors.

There has been, and will continue to be, a regular, ongoing engagement with the sports sector, including with the body referred to by the Deputy. In addition to direct engagement with Sport Ireland, the statutory agency for the development of sport in Ireland, sporting organisations including the body referred to by the Deputy have also contributed to regular meetings of the Sports Monitoring Group, which is chaired at Ministerial level. Moreover, the Expert Group on Return to Sport, which is chaired by my Department, has reviewed and provided, via Sport Ireland, feedback to the body referred to by the Deputy on its return to sport protocols.

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