Tuesday, 21 June 2022
Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht
227. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if she or her officials have met directly with either the President and or the Director General of a sporting organisation (details supplied) to date in 2022. [32224/22]
I can confirm that on 27 January 2022, an Assistant Secretary in my Department met with the Director General of the sporting organisation to which the Deputy refers.
On 22 March 2022, I met with the President and the Director General of the sporting organisation. My Adviser and an Assistant Secretary in my Department also attended that meeting.
228. To ask the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the status of her engagement with a club (details supplied) in relation to an agreement; the timeline for same; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [32387/22]
The Sports Capital & Equipment Programme (SCEP) is operated by my Department and provides grants to assist in the development or refurbishment of sports facilities and the provision of sports equipment. Over 13,000 projects have now benefited from sports capital funding since 1998, bringing the total allocations in that time to over €1.1 billion.
The club referred to by the Deputy has received SCEP funding totalling €186,200 over a number of years. In accordance with the terms and conditions of the SCEP and due to the level of grants received by the club in the past, a Deed of Covenant and Charge is in place in order to protect the public investment in the facility.
As is the normal course of action in such cases the advice of the Chief State Solicitor’s Office has been sought. Once guidance has been obtained from the CSSO there will be no undue delay on my Department's part in following up on the club’s request. In the interim, a response has issued to the club updating it with the latest position.