Thursday, 23 June 2022
Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport
Dublin Airport Authority
177. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will request a copy of the expression of interest document the Dublin Airport Authority provided to interested third parties in relation to the operating of the ALSAA facility in Cloghran, County Dublin; if he will provide this document in the reply to this question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33320/22]
178. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will request a copy of the expression of interest document the Dublin Airport Authority provided a company (details supplied) in relation to the operating of the ALSAA facility in Cloghran, County Dublin; if he will provide this document in the reply to this question; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33321/22]
179. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport if he will request that the Dublin Airport Authority cease its process to seek alternative providers to run the sports and leisure facilities at ALSAA and request the company (details supplied) to re-engage with the ALSAA committee to work on a long-term lease and long-term plans for much needed investment in the facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [33322/22]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 177, 178 and 179 together.
As the Deputy will be aware, daa has the statutory responsibility to operate, manage and develop Dublin Airport and all the operations associated with this.
daa has advised that it is currently requesting proposals of interest for its on-campus fitness facilities to ensure they are fit for purpose to meet the needs of over twenty thousand staff working at Dublin Airport and also the evolving needs of the surrounding community. The current operator, ALSAA, has also been invited and encouraged to participate in this process of submitting a plan that will provide necessary capital improvements to the facilities whilst providing a sustainable proposition to its members and the community.
daa advise that regular users of the facilities are aware of the urgent need for upgrades to parts of the complex to bring the sporting and leisure facilities up to an acceptable standard to meet the needs of all users on our campus including adults, children and Special Olympians who regularly use the facilities.
As the most recent five-year licensing term ended in December 2021, it is understood that daa has invited submissions from a range of parties, including the current tenant, ALSAA, to outline their operating and investment plans for the future. daa has granted ALSAA a notice period of two months to facilitate engagement with their members and have now offered to extend this notice period for a further year.
daa is committed to ensuring investment in and continued use of its sporting and recreation facilities at Dublin Airport and it supports local communities through many initiatives, including long-term access to daa’s lands for sporting and recreational activities and through Dublin Airport’s €10m Community Fund.