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Griffin, Brendan

Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Sports Capital Programme Administration

I thank Deputy Troy. I agree completely that the sports capital programme is a very positive addition to Irish society. Since 1998, €911 million has been spent on vital sporting facilities in lar...More Button

When I came into the Department on 20 June, applications had closed. At that stage, there was a budget of €30 million for both the local and regional schemes, with a breakdown of €26 million to ...More Button

As Deputy Troy knows, the breakdown in 2012 was that 48% of clubs made invalid applications. In 2014-15, approximately one third were invalid. Due to changes which have been made to the scheme ...More Button

The application process is onerous and clubs provide huge amounts of information to the officials in the Department on socio-economic disadvantage, levels of own funding, previous funding receive...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Administration (Continued)

The Minister, Deputy Ross, and I were extremely determined to ensure that the true merits of applicants were reflected in allocations. We feel we have come up with a way of doing that which is t...More Button

I have been involved in sports organisations all my life - running them and participating in them - and I understand from where the volunteers who run such organisations are coming. I am excited a...More Button

Some clubs might have received notification of invalidation from the sports capital unit if there were questions regarding their applications, particularly where works being applied for had alrea...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications Data

I propose to take Questions Nos. 555, 558 and 572 together.

  The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on the 24th February. By the closing date, a ...More Button

Sports Capital Programme

The 2017 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on 24 February. By the closing date, a record number of 2,320 applications seeking €155 million in grants were received. More Button

When the programme was launched, it was envisaged that €30m would be available which would have made the allocation of grants particularly challenging. Following the conclusion of the budget disc...More Button

The assessment of all the 2,320 applications is now complete and it is expected that details of the allocations will be announced later this week. More Button

Question No. 572 answered with Question No. 555.More Button