Written answers

Thursday, 15 July 2021

Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Sports Facilities

Photo of Michael RingMichael Ring (Mayo, Fine Gael)
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176. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if funding will be approved for a project (details supplied) in County Mayo. [38748/21]

Photo of Jack ChambersJack Chambers (Dublin West, Fianna Fail)
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Under my Department's Community and Language Supports Programme (Clár Tacaíochtaí Pobail agus Teanga) financial assistance is provided for the development and refurbishment of community, language and recreational facilities in Gaeltacht regions and for the purchase of equipment.

An application was received by Comhar Dún Chaocháin Teo, in partnership with Mayo County Council and the Ceathrú Thaidhg/Ros Dumhach Playground Committee for the development of a MUGA play area at Ceathrú Thaidhg, Béal an Mhuirthead.

Funding of €5,535 - equivalent to 75% of the overall cost - was approved for professional fees in October 2020. A further application has been submitted to my Department from Comhar Dún Chaochán Teo for the development phase of the project. Further information was sought from Mayo County Council in relation to planning permission and at a meeting of the Westport-Belmullet Municipal District held on 28th June 2021 the Elected Members decided to approve the report in accordance with Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations 2001 – 2013 as amended, in respect of the construction of a Multi-Sport Astro Pitch in order to proceed with the development.

The application is currently receiving final consideration as part of the evaluation process and I expect to receive a full report and recommendation very shortly.

I might also mention that I had the pleasure of meeting with representatives of the Ceathrú Thaidhg/Ros Dumhach Playground Committee on my recent visit to Mayo on the 12th of July 2021 and to hear first-hand about the project.

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