Thursday, 18 February 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
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 Sport Ireland 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 2020 in line with the requirements of the Public Spending Code.
As the Deputy may be aware, a review of the National Development Plan is currently underway. Any decision on the commencement of this project will be subject to Ministerial approval and the availability of capital funding under the revised National Development Plan.