Wednesday, 28 April 2021
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
Sports Capital Programme
362. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 262 and 273 of 10 February 2021, if an update will be provided in respect of a grant; the date on which funds may be drawn down by the club in question; and if outstanding issues will be outlined in order to rectify same. [21727/21]
The club referred to by the Deputy was provisionally allocated a grant of €81,500 under the 2017 Sports Capital Programme (SCP) for the development of an artificial playing surface and a further €83,343 under the 2018 SCP towards the provision of floodlights and non-personal sports equipment.
In accordance with the terms and conditions of the SCP and due to the level of grants received by the club in the past, it is necessary to execute a Deed of Covenant and Charge in order to protect the public investment in the facility.
I understand that the Chief State Solicitors Office (CSSO) is awaiting documentation from the club’s solicitors to complete these legal formalities. The CSSO has recently issued a reminder to the club's solicitor in this regard. It will not be possible to provide formal approval for the funding until the CSSO confirms that all legal formalities have been completed. Once the CSSO confirmation is received, there will be no undue delay in paying the grants subject to the other necessary documentation being submitted by the club.