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Ring, Michael

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.

Leaders' Questions (Continued)

Deputy McDonald is wrong about Mr. Noonan. He is not Fine Gael.More Button

Regional Airports (Continued)

He supported The Gathering.More Button

Tourism Industry Issues

The Government has implemented a range of measures to support the tourism and hospitality industry, including hotels. VAT has been reduced to 9% on accommodation and restaurant services and this l...More Button

In 2013, the Government will spend almost €140 million through its agencies to support the tourism industry, to market tourism at home and abroad and to support product development. Fáilte Irela...More Button

In the context of recent budgets, the Minister, Deputy Varadkar, has signalled his intention to have further discussions with the Minister for Finance on the possible involvement of hotels in the...More Button

Tourism Industry Issues (Continued)

The Minister, Deputy Leo Varadkar, and I have met, both together and separately, with representatives of the Irish Hotels Federation on several occasions. The Deputy has rightly identified the ser...More Button

I agree that debt restructuring is a major concern for hotel owners. Some of them would be coming into profitability in the next year or two were it not for their debt burden. The Deputy is als...More Button

North-South Ministerial Council

I attended the 13th meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council in tourism sectoral format in Armagh on 28 November. The Northern Ireland Executive was represented by Ms Arlene Foster, MLA, Min...More Button

The meeting provided a good opportunity to discuss tourism performance for the island of Ireland to date in 2012, including the overseas marketing highlights of the year.  In terms of the future,...More Button

The meeting also provided me with the opportunity to invite the Ministers, Ms Foster and Ms Ní Chuilín, and their relevant officials to EU Presidency-related events we will be hosting next year. ...More Button

It was a great experience for me to attend my first meeting of the North-South Ministerial Council in its tourism sectoral format. In particular, I was pleasantly surprised at the way in which par...More Button

Transport Policy (Continued)

We have the water in the west.More Button

Other Questions (Resumed)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 8, 12 and 19 together.More Button

I am glad to report that €10.2 million or almost 40% of the value of recent local sports capital allocations was allocated to projects located in designated disadvantaged areas.  I will supply th...More Button

I do not have a list of allocations to clubs and organisation that do not own or have a long lease on the property they use and the creation of such a list would involve a disproportionate amount...More Button

I hope we can negotiate with the Department of Finance regarding another round of funding under the programme and I ask for the support of all sides in the House in this regard. When I came home f...More Button

Other Questions (Resumed) (Continued)

With regard to boxing and disadvantaged areas, 40% of allocations went to disadvantaged areas. In Dublin, I had more money than I needed. Given that more than 50% of projects in Dublin were mar...More Button

The Deputy is correct in what she says about boxing. Last year when I came into office, and before the Olympic Games, I identified boxing as doing great work. Boxing clubs take in people from a...More Button

The two best things I spent money on since I became Minister of State are swimming pools and boxing clubs. I introduced a scheme to make it cheaper for pools to be run, and it has worked very we...More Button

I do.

  The first thing I did was to look at the scheme for the previous ten years and at areas that had done very well. I looked at areas that had done more than well, and I wi...More Button

Deputy Humphreys is correct. I am pleased to have been able to help disadvantaged areas this time. I could have spent more money in Dublin but for the situation I have outlined.More Button

The Deputy is speaking my language. It greatly annoys me that every other Department wants to have responsibility for sport. Funding is scattered through the Department of Education and Skills, t...More Button

We must put more money into sport; it is money that is well spent. This was the first scheme since 2008 and it was a great achievement to get it up and running. I hope we can continue with this...More Button

The Deputy is right about the divide between rural and urban areas. In Dublin, the local authorities provide a lot of facilities. In rural Ireland, that does not happen. I do not care; I like ...More Button

I thank the volunteers because it is them who keep sport alive. They collect the money, train the young people and do the work and we do not thank them enough. We are bloody lucky in this count...More Button

We are all political animals, let us not pretend we are not. One of Deputy Dooley's colleagues did something very simple. He looked at the website, picked every club in his area and wrote to me a...More Button

I did the best I could. We were never going to get it right. Deputy Wallace was correct; there would always be disappointed people and others who got a grant. I could ask Deputy Dooley which p...More Button

Tourism Promotion

The Government's Medium Term Exchequer Framework 2012-2016 includes provision for significant investment in tourism product development, in recognition of the contribution that capital investment i...More Button

Given the level of existing commitments, there is limited scope for additional project approvals between 2013 and 2016.  Any such projects will be assessed by the Fáilte Ireland executive and by ...More Button

Departmental Funding

This question relates to the funding allocated to Fáilte Ireland to enable it to deliver The Gathering Ireland 2013 initiative. More Button

A total of €7 million has been allocated from within the 2013 budget of the Department to support the Gathering. The funding will be utilised in supporting festivals and events that are being ...More Button

The individual amounts to be allocated to these aspects of the initiative are an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland. I have referred the matter to Fáilte Ireland for further information to be...More Button

As the 1st January draws closer, I am confident that the Gathering will be very successful in inspiring overseas visitors to come to Ireland next year. Starting with the New Year's Eve celebrati...More Button

Departmental Agencies Funding

This question relates to the budget allocation to Fáilte Ireland.More Button

Next year is particularly significant for Irish tourism and Minister Varadkar has allocated a special incremental €7 million from within the Department's overall budget for the Gathering Ireland ...More Button

Taking into account the difficult choices which the Government has had to make in regard to public expenditure, this provision reflects the recognition by the Government of the contribution that ...More Button

There is provision in 2013 for total expenditure of just under €140 million on tourism services across a diverse range of activities. This includes a provision for the Tourism Marketing Fund of ...More Button

Fáilte Ireland also has an allocation of capital funding of €20 million in 2013, of which €19 million is available to support investment in tourism product and €1 million to meet Fáilte Ireland's...More Button

As the Deputy is aware, the Government has made available a range of other supports for the tourism industry through the 2011 Jobs Initiative, not least the VAT cut to 9% which will be sustained ...More Button

Tourist Accommodation

I refer the Deputy to my answer on this topic to Priority Question 4 of today.More Button

Sports Capital Programme

I propose to take Questions Nos. 31 and 46 together.

  €30m is available to me to allocate to successful applicants under the 2012 round of the Sports Capital Programme.  I rece...More Button

  Question No. 32 answered with Question No. 7.More Button

Departmental Budgets

The funding allocated to each of the sport subheads in my Department's vote for 2013 is as outlined in the table.

  2013 Allocation

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Sports Capital Programme Applications

There are no plans to allocate Sports Capital Programme funding to clubs who were unsuccessful under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme, though of course it will be open to such clubs to apply under...More Button

All applications received under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme were first checked to ensure eligibility and then eligible applications were initially assessed against the following criteria (the...More Button

  Question No. 45 answered with Question No. 26.More Button

  Question No. 46 answered with Question No. 31.More Button

Information on all applications received from County Donegal under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme including the amount of funding sought is set out in the table.     More Button

The Department is writing to all unsuccessful applicants under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme with details of the results of the assessment of their application.  The reasons why applications we...More Button

The application referred to by the Deputy was deemed invalid on two grounds under the terms and conditions of the Sports Capital Programme.  Firstly, the applicant had insufficient own funding to...More Button

My Department is writing to all unsuccessful applicants.  Where applications were deemed invalid, my Department is informing the applicants of the reasons why they were deemed invalid.  This inform...More Button

Sporting Events

 I propose to take Questions Nos. 361 and 364 together. More Button

Sport is one of the most widely enjoyed and valuable sectors of Ireland's society, beneficial to our economy, health and culture.  The performance of Irish athletes on the world stage this year, ...More Button

 The allocation for the Irish Sports Council for 2013 is almost €43.2 million.  This funding will allow the ISC to continue to support our elite athletes through the High Performance Programme as t...More Button

 There is a financial dividend to be obtained through the success of major sporting events, particularly those with an international dimension.  Through a variety of actions and investment, Ireland...More Button

 The Programme for Government includes a commitment that event tourism will be prioritised in order to continue to bring major events to Ireland.  As well as bringing spectators to our shores, the ...More Button

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