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Griffin, Brendan

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. Nbr.


Recreational Facilities Provision

The sports capital programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and physical recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment through...More Button

Sanction was received last year from the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to open a new round of the programme with allocations of up to €40 million. This new round opened for applicat...More Button

A total of 186 of these applications were for projects deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme but corrected documents were subsequently submitted. These applications were assessed ...More Button

A total of 619 equipment-only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8 million were announced in May.More Button

Work is now under way on assessing the remaining applications for capital works. More Button

For the first time, applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will ...More Button

As soon as allocations have been made, my Department will carry out a review of all aspects of the 2018 round of the programme to include any possible improvements for the future. This review wi...More Button

My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national tourism policy.  It is not directly involved in the development, management or promotion of particular tourism ini...More Button

In regard to the walkway in question, I undertand that it would form part of the Beara-Breifne route when completed. While Fáilte Ireland would have a role in promoting the Beara-Breifne route e...More Button

Recreational Facilities Provision (Continued)

The funding available this year and currently earmarked for subsequent years is sufficient to meet all existing commitments and allow for a new round of the programme to be opened.   More Button

I know the Deputy has an interest in swimming pools, particularly in his constituency. The local authority swimming pool programme, LASPP, was operated by our Department and that provides grants t...More Button

In respect of the large-scale sport infrastructure fund, LSSIF, there is €100 million available. We hope to allocate that funding towards the end of this year. It is oversubscribed but not to t...More Button

At local level, we had to make a call on the equipment-only grants. We had to cut off the lowest scoring applications because we could not spread the funding too thinly. I expect something simi...More Button

The Deputy’s suggestion is apt. Within the programme, we are trying to encourage shared facilities and usage. The scoring system for the 2018 programme, which is being assessed and which has been...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Administration (Continued)

I thank the Deputy. As the Deputy knows, the detailed scoring system was published on the Department's website prior to the commencement of the assessment works under the 2018 sports capital progr...More Button

There were 2,337 applications received by the deadline, 186 of which were for projects that were deemed to be invalid in the 2017 round of applications. There were also equipment-only applicatio...More Button

We have changed the weighting for the 2018 programme to give a better chance to communities that are considered to be disadvantaged on the Pobal deprivation index, even though 50% of successful a...More Button

There is no perfect system when a programme receives over 2,000 applications from all over the country. We are trying to be as fair as possible and encapsulate as many criteria as possible to tr...More Button

I will be happy to receive feedback from the Deputy at the end of the process. We are currently in the middle of it. We will be reviewing how the 2018 programme worked before establishing and p...More Button

I take the Deputy's point and see where he is coming from. One of the key things about the use of the Pobal deprivation index is that a blunt instrument was used previously where an applicant fell...More Button

I hear what the Deputy is saying about equipment-only applications. The logic behind the application of the Pobal deprivation index in all aspects of the programme is that fund-raising capacity ...More Button

There is a fine line between protecting and not protecting public moneys. The reason we have criteria such as those surrounding lease arrangements is to ensure we do not put public moneys into fac...More Button

 Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.More Button

Fáilte Ireland Funding

My Department is primarily involved in the development of national tourism policy, while the tourism agencies have responsibility for the implementation of that policy.  While my Department provide...More Button

As part of the Project Ireland 2040, the Government has committed to invest in the development and enhancement of tourist attractions to provide the type of experience that visitors are seeking. More Button

In line with this commitment, on 29th May, Minister Ross launched Fáilte Ireland's new capital fund to which the Deputy refers - the Platforms for Growth Investment Programme.  Under the programm...More Button

This first funding call will close for expressions of interest (Stage One of the process) on 17th July.  There is a deadline of 7th August for the submission of project ideas (Stage Two) by those...More Button

I am aware that Fáilte Ireland has held a series of workshops around the country to support applicants, which I understand have been very well attended.  Workshops continue to be held every week ...More Button

Tourism Policy

My Department is primarily involved in the development of national tourism policy, while the tourism agencies have responsibility for the implementation of this policy.  In line the Tourism Action ...More Button

Under the Action Plan, Tourism Ireland's international marketing will place a greater emphasis on regional growth and season extension.  Tourism Ireland’s new global marketing campaign – ‘Fill yo...More Button

Fáilte Ireland develops and promotes tourism in line with the relevant tourism experience brands including Ireland's Hidden Heartlands, Ireland's Ancient East, and the Wild Atlantic Way.  Priori...More Button

Separately, Minister Ross and I recently announced €40m in funding to develop greenways projects across Ireland in counties such as Offaly, Cork, Wexford, Kilkenny, Waterford, Galway, Kerry, Kild...More Button

I have asked both agencies to provide the Deputy with further information.  Please contact my office if you have not heard within ten working days.More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

My Department's role in relation to tourism lies primarily in the area of national policy development.  Implementation of that policy is a matter for the tourism agencies, Fáilte Ireland and Touris...More Button

I have, however, engaged with Fáilte Ireland in progressing a feasibility study on the development of a Wild Atlantic Way Coastal path, the first stage of which was a pilot study in 2018 to exami...More Button

I am also aware that the Wild Atlantic Way Journey Review, which is reviewing the entire route, is currently at draft stage and that Fáilte Ireland will be consulting with Local Authorities to ag...More Button

As these matters are operational matters for Fáilte Ireland, I have referred the Deputy's question to the tourism agency for further reply to the Deputy.  Please contact my private office if you ...More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

Sports Capital Programme

The Sports Capital Programme (SCP) as operated by my Department  provides funding to voluntary, sporting and community organisations for the provision of sports and recreational facilities. The pro...More Button

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last.  By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in fundi...More Button

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first...More Button

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.More Button

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works.  More Button

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be...More Button

As soon as allocations have been made, my Department will carry out a review of all aspects of the 2018 round of the programme to include any possible improvements for the future. This review wil...More Button

Loan Books Purchasers

Asked the Minister for Finance: the steps he will take to protect the future of a small company (details supplied) in relation to a loan sale in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Accommodation Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if the delivery of two special educational needs rooms will be prioritised in view of approval for a school (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Special Educational Needs Service Provision

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a decision has been made on an application for a special needs assistant by a school (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

School Transport Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Education and Skills: if a student (details supplied) in County Kerry who cannot get a place in their nearest post-primary school will be made fully eligible for school transport to the next nearest post-primary school;...More Button

Civil Registration Service

Asked the Minister for Health: the reason the deaths, births and marriages registration office in Listowel, County Kerry was centralised; and when it was centralised. More Button

Radiation Monitoring Systems

Asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment: his views on the potential health impacts of the roll out of 5G; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last.  By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding...More Button

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first...More Button

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.More Button

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works, including an application from the school and organisation referred to by the Deputy. It should be noted that under ...More Button

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period and my officials wil...More Button

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last.  By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding...More Button

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first...More Button

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.More Button

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works, including an application from the school and organisation referred to by the Deputy.  More Button

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Administration

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last.  By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding...More Button

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first...More Button

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.More Button

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works.  More Button

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be...More Button

As soon as allocations have been made, my Department will carry out a review of all aspects of the 2018 round of the programme to include any possible improvements for the future. This review wil...More Button

Sports Capital Programme Eligibility

The 2018 round of the Sports Capital Programme closed for applications on Friday 19th October last.  By that deadline, a record 2,337 applications were submitted seeking a total of €162m in funding...More Button

186 of these applications were for projects that were deemed invalid under the 2017 round of the programme that subsequently submitted corrected documents.  These applications were assessed first...More Button

619 equipment only applications were assessed next and 466 allocations with a value of €9.8m were announced in May.More Button

Work is now underway in assessing the remaining applications for capital works, including the application referred to by the Deputy.  More Button

For the first time applicants who submitted incorrect documentation under this round are being given the opportunity to correct their application during the assessment period. While there will be...More Button

Hotel Accommodation

2018 was a remarkable year for Irish tourism, with Ireland continuing to appeal to holidaymakers from home and abroad. Overseas visitor numbers continued to grow and contributed over €5 billion to ...More Button

Fáilte Ireland monitors the performance of tourist accommodation through regular occupancy surveys.  This analysis indicates that while the country as a whole has sufficient stock of tourist acco...More Button

In this context, Fáilte Ireland commissions periodic assessments of hotel accommodation in Dublin, most recently August 2018.  Although the latest results confirm the current shortage, they expec...More Button

Last year Fáilte also commissioned a new study of accommodation capacity in three key non-Dublin destiations - Cork, Galway and Kilkenny.   The report highlights the need to develop new accommoda...More Button

Question No. 673 answered with Question No. 643.More Button

Tourism Industry

The hotel and accommodation sector is a key component of Irish tourism.  A good stock of attractive high-quality hotels, operating to best international standards, is essential for the effective pe...More Button

Business tourism overall, including conference tourism, has been an area of growth in recent years and one where Ireland continues to compete very successfully internationally.  The tourism agenc...More Button

I am very supportive of the ongoing efforts of the tourism agencies to attract international conferences to Ireland and am most encouraged by the latest statistics.  In 2018 Fáilte Ireland suppor...More Button

As set out in the Tourism Action Plan 2019-20211, lengthening the season is an essential part of developing a sustainable tourism industry into the future.  Both tourism agencies, Fáilte Ireland an...More Button

I have asked both agencies to reply directly to the Deputy with further information on this matter. Please advise my private office if you do not receive a reply within ten working days.More Button

A referred reply was forwarded to the Deputy under Standing Order 42AMore Button

Question No. 677 answered with Question No. 651.More Button

Sports Capital Programme Applications Data

Details of all allocations under the Sports Capital Programme (SCP) since 1998 and all payments since 2007 are available on my Department's website at More Button

Sports Events

The hosting of major sports competitions, both participative and spectator sports, can provide great opportunities to showcase Ireland and drive international visitor numbers.  In addition, the med...More Button

Accordingly, I am very supportive of the work of the tourism agencies and the national governing bodies of sport to attract international events, subject, of course, to an assessment of the costs...More Button

Fáilte Ireland provides financial assistance, subject to eligibility criteria, to applicants who are proposing to bid to host international events (including sporting events) in Ireland that woul...More Button

In terms of forthcoming sporting events, Ireland will host four games as part of the UEFA EURO 2020 football tournament in June 2020 - three group games and one round of 16 game.  The bid to host...More Button

Minister Ross and I also support efforts to explore possibilities to host other major sporting events.  With regard to soccer, we welcomed the announcement by the FAI and IFA of their intention t...More Button

In the sport of golf, Minister Ross and Department officials met with representatives of the PGA European Tour at the Ryder Cup in Paris last year to discuss the possible hosting of a future Ryde...More Button

Sport Ireland and Fáilte Ireland have both supported the bid to host the European Cross-Country Championship which was successful and now will be hosted in Dublin in December 2020. More Button

CLÁR Programme

Asked the Minister for Rural and Community Development: when funding from the CLÁR programme will be announced; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Allowance Appeals

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: when a decision on an application for carer's allowance will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Carer's Support Grant

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: when a carer's support grant will issue to a person (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Community Employment Schemes Eligibility

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: if a community employment scheme placement will be extended in respect of a person (details supplied) in County Kerry.More Button

Disability Allowance Applications

Asked the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection: when an application for a disability allowance will be processed for a person (details supplied); and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Local Authority Housing Funding

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if funding approval will be provided to Kerry County Council to purchase houses (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Water and Sewerage Schemes Grants

Asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government: if the local authority water and sewer connection waiver and reduction scheme will be reinstated for low-income applicants; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme

Asked the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht: when a walk (details supplied) will open in Killarney, County Kerry; and if she will make a statement on the matter.More Button