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 Header Item Written Answers Nos. 249-257
 Header Item Tourism Industry Issues
 Header Item The Gathering Expenditure
 Header Item Sports Capital Programme Application Numbers
 Header Item Diaspora Centre Establishment
 Header Item Integrated Ticketing
 Header Item Road Signage
 Header Item Public Sector Pensions Expenditure

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 801 No. 4

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Written Answers Nos. 249-257

Tourism Industry Issues

 249. Deputy Thomas P. Broughan Information on Thomas P. Broughan Zoom on Thomas P. Broughan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the value of the Irish economy in money terms of golf tourism in 2010, 2011 and 2012 on an annual basis; the proposals, if any, to expand this sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20920/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.

The Gathering Expenditure

 250. Deputy Michelle Mulherin Information on Michelle Mulherin Zoom on Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar when grants for The Gathering events will be paid to local authorities; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20946/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.

Sports Capital Programme Application Numbers

 251. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide details of the number of applications from city and county councils for funding under the sports capital programme in 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20981/13]

 252. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will give a detailed account of the reason applications from city and county councils were rejected for funding under the sports capital grant scheme 2012; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20982/13]

 254. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar when he intends to introduce the next phase of the sports capital programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20984/13]

Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Michael Ring): Information on Michael Ring Zoom on Michael Ring I propose to take Questions Nos. 251, 252 and 254 together.      

  The total number of applications from city and county councils for funding under the 2012 Sports Capital Programme was 94, of which 31 were successful, with 63 unsuccessful.  Applications were unsuccessful for various reasons.  Some were deemed invalid for one or more of the following reasons: issues regarding title, no evidence of own funding, issues regarding planning permission, original signatures not provided, issues regarding quotes, feasibility study not provided, insufficient sporting content, or a lack of supporting documentation.  Furthermore, the budget available for the scheme did not allow all valid applications to be supported.   

  No decision has been taken on the timing of the next round of the Sports Capital Programme. 

Diaspora Centre Establishment

 253. Deputy Sandra McLellan Information on Sandra McLellan Zoom on Sandra McLellan asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar in view of his emphasis on The Gathering, if he has any plans to establish a world class museum of the Irish diaspora; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20983/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The Government’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Framework 2012-2016, published in November 2011, includes a commitment of support for a Diaspora Centre or Diaspora Museum should a suitable project and partner be available. However, no capital allocation has been made for a Diaspora Centre to date.

Accordingly, I asked Fáilte Ireland to carry out a scoping study on the development of such a centre and the most suitable means by which it could be financed, developed and managed. I await the final outcome of the study which will inform future developments and next steps.

  Question No. 254 answered with Question No. 251.

Integrated Ticketing

 255. Deputy Andrew Doyle Information on Andrew Doyle Zoom on Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar the role of the Integrated Ticketing Project Board; the progress the board has made to date on integrated ticketing; the further steps that will be taken by the board in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20986/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The Integrated Ticketing Leap Card system became a function of the National Transport Authority (NTA) with effect from 30th September 2010 in accordance with section 58 of the DTA Act 2008. In the light of this it was agreed between the NTA and the Project Board that the Board would stand down at the end of 2011.

I have referred the Deputy's question to the NTA for direct reply to the specific queries raised regarding the rollout of the integrated ticketing system.  Please advise my private office if you don't receive a reply within 10 working days.

Road Signage

 256. Deputy Brendan Griffin Information on Brendan Griffin Zoom on Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if signage will be erected to notify motorists travelling the Wild Atlantic Way of attractions and places of interest that are located within short distances of the main route (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20989/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The matter raised is an operational matter for Fáilte Ireland.  I have referred the Deputy's question to Fáilte Ireland for direct reply.  Please contact my private office if a reply is not received within ten working days.

Public Sector Pensions Expenditure

 257. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald Information on Mary Lou McDonald Zoom on Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar if he will provide in tabular form information on lump sum payments (details supplied) paid to retiring public sector workers between March 2011 and March 2013. [21586/13]

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Leo Varadkar): Information on Leo Varadkar Zoom on Leo Varadkar The information requested by the Deputy is included in Table 1 below.  The figures in Table 1 are inclusive of 6 lump sums paid to officers who retired under the Incentivised Scheme of Early Retirement and who reached age 60 between March 2011 and March 2013.  Under this retirement scheme the 90% outstanding lump sum is payable at age 60.



    Table 1 - Lump Sum Payments     
- -
March 2011 to March 2012
-
March 2012 to March 2013
Lump sum payments
Number of Payments
Total Amount
Number of Payments
Total Amount
10,000 and 20,000
1
€15,248
1
€16,088
20,001 to 30,000
4
€91,712
1
€21,436
30,001 to 40,000
3
€99,843
0
0
40,001 to 50,000
3
€140,262
4
€176,621
50.001 to 60.000
9
€481,086
0
0
60,001 to 70,000
1
€64,204
1
€64,412
70,001 to 80,000
7
€518,822
1
€78,983
80,001 to 90,000
3
€252,194
1
€89,180
90,001 to 100,000
7
€655,596
0
0
100,001 to 150,000
5
€610,515
3
€384,943
150,001 to 200,000
2
€307,729
0
0
200,001 to 250,000
0
0
0
0
Over 250,000
0
0
0
0
  I have asked the State Agencies under the aegis of my Department to provide the Deputy with the information requested. If you do not receive a reply from the agencies within 10 working days please advise my private office.


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