McDaid, James

Wednesday, 14 November 2001

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 544 No. 1

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Priority Questions. - Tourist Victim Support Service.

Was asked: the grant made available by his Department to the tourist victim support service in 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2001; if he has received a request for increased financial support for the service; and if he w...More Button

Was asked: his views on the benefits to the tourism industry of the tourist victim support service; the way in which his Department has assisted the service; his plans to increase support for the service; and if...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 218 together. The tourist victim support service (TVSS) was established in 1994. It is based in Garda headquarters in Harcourt Street in offices provided by the...More Button

I will discuss it with Bord Fáilte. I consider £15,000, which Bord Fáilte provides, to be a reasonable amount, bearing in mind that the overall running cost of the TVSS is £41,000. The other contribut...More Button

I am aware that there are attacks on tourists. The Deputy maintains that there is a racial element to such attacks. The majority of attacks in Ireland happen in Dublin. The country is a safe place for...More Button

Priority Questions. - Tourism Industry.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the crisis in the tourism industry which faces a fall of 550,000 in the visitor numbers in 2002 with the potential loss of 14,000 jobs; the action the Government int...More Button

Was asked: when he last met with Bord Fáilte to discuss the crisis in the tourism sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 74 and 75 together. No official estimates are as yet available in relation to the loss of tourism business arising from the tragic events of 11 September 2001. However...More Button

The industry has claimed that there could be a reduction of up to 600,000 people travelling into the country. I accept that there will be deficits and problems, particularly in 2002. However, thanks t...More Button

VAT and rates receipts are totally different in the UK than they are here and statistics from the UK have shown that very few people availed of those measures during the foot and mouth disease. On tra...More Button

The figures quoted assume a best case scenario. A return to the 2000 figures by 2002 is the best we can hope for. It is estimated that tourist numbers in 2001 will fall by between 6.5% and 10%. The to...More Button

A similar question has been tabled later. I will omit most of the answer to that question because much of it is repetitive. Perhaps the Deputy may ask his supplementary question then.More Button

Priority Questions. - Stadium Ireland.

Was asked: if he has received the draft report of the consultants commissioned to carry out an independent overview of the Sports Campus Ireland project; if he will outline the main conclusions of the interim re...More Button

Was asked: if independent consultants (details supplied) have submitted their overview of the Stadium and Sports Campus Ireland project to the Government; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 76 and 77 together. The independent consultants, High-Point Rendel, have completed the overview of the cost of the Stadium and Sports Campus Ireland project, and their...More Button

The report will be with the steering group today and I imagine I will have it tomorrow. I hope to bring it to Cabinet within two or three weeks. I can categorically assure the Deputy that I have not s...More Button

I accept what the Deputy says about my reply of 4 October. There has been a wide range of consultations with the various people concerned with the stadium. The delay has been caused by the amount of c...More Button

No, it will not. I will bring the consultant's report to the Cabinet and the Government will decide on the question of publication.More Button

I will bring the report to the Cabinet. I am determined to proceed with the building of the stadium—More Button

—which I consider the country needs. We have made commitments to the FAI, the GAA and the IRFU and we intend to fulfil them.More Button

I am confused with the Deputy's question in view of Deputy Noonan's position on the matter.More Button

We have been criticised for providing funding to the GAA for the development of Croke Park but we do not tell the organisation what to do.More Button

The Deputy is aware that national sporting organisations cannot be told what to do. Funding is provided to the national governing bodies but there can be no interference in their policies. I hope we q...More Button

I must first see the report. The Deputy served as a Minister of State and he will be aware there is little point in giving my personal view. I will consider the report, review matters in consultation ...More Button

Other Questions - Tourism Industry.

Was asked: the steps he has taken or proposes to take to stabilise and assist the tourism industry in the wake of the 11 September 2001 atrocities and the consequent international economic retrenchment; and if h...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether greater emphasis should be placed on exploiting the United Kingdom market in the context of the positive political developments in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statemen...More Button

Was asked: the marketing programme he plans to support in the coming months for the 2002 tourism season; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has met Bord Fáilte recently with a view to a greater concentration on the European tourist market for 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans to review the targets set for the tourism sector in the national development plan in view of recent developments; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the action he intends to take to support the tourism sector in the coming months following the fall-out from foot and mouth disease and the 11 September atrocities in the United States.More Button

Was asked: the most recent date on which he met Bord Fáilte; if he has discussed with it its marketing plans for 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has met the shipping and airline industries recently to discuss the difficulties encountered as a result of the declining tourist market; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on whether greater marketing emphasis should be placed on the Northern Ireland market; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if Bord Fáilte has estimated that tourism revenue could fall by as much as £230 million as a result of the combined impact of foot and mouth and the terrorist attacks in the US; the assistance he inte...More Button

Was asked: his views on the call by the Irish Hotels Federation for a five-pronged strategy to assist the tourism industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the progress which has been made regarding the objectives set in the national development plan of spreading visitor numbers more widely throughout the year and increasing business captured by the BMW ...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the serious concerns expressed by the Irish Tourist Industry Confederation which forecast that visitor numbers could fall by up to 500,000 with the potential revenue...More Button

Was asked: the latest estimates available to his Department of the likely impact on visitor numbers and tourism revenue of the terrorist attacks in the United States and the general economic downturn; the action...More Button

Was asked: if his Department has undertaken an assessment of the likely implications for the tourism industry of the planned reduction in Aer Lingus routes; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the estimated financial impact in the year ending 2001 on our tourist industry following the events of 11 September 2001; the measures which are under consideration to attract tourists here in 2002; a...More Button

Was asked: the most recent estimates available regarding the loss of tourism business and possible projected losses and related revenue implications; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if, further to Parliamentary Question No. 1 of 4 October 2001, he will outline the areas and programmes where funding was reduced to create this fund; his plans to provide additional funding; and if h...More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the request that local authority rates might be waived in cases of economic hardship especially in relation to the hotel, restaurant and guest house sector; his view...More Button

Was asked: if he will reform the high level tourism action group in view of the current difficulties being experienced by the industry; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has given any instructions with the objective of assisting the tourism industry following the foot and mouth epidemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the measures he is taking to ensure Irish resident companies hold conferences here and arrange incentive based holidays for their Irish staff here.More Button

Was asked: the measures being put in place to address the concerns and problems for the tourism sector created by the terrorist attacks on Washington and New York, in the United States of America.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 78, 82, 83, 86, 91, 92, 95, 96, 99, 102, 105, 108, 117, 118, 120, 210, 223, 225, 227, 228, 243, 250 and 251 together. There is a long response to these questions, part...More Button

The worst case scenario in terms of tourism figures is minus 17%. I believe in flexibility and will inquire about the issue raised by the Deputy in this regard. I am not sure about the contracts as th...More Button

The £750,000 is additional Bord Fáilte money which is being provided for the markets I indicated. About two weeks ago ITIC came to me requesting further funding be made available, particularly for the...More Button

No, we had to find it from within Bord Fáilte and my Department.More Button

Nothing was cut.More Button

Before the Deputy came into the House I mentioned we have examined and refocused on the marketing programme for the end of this year and into 2002. This is a very attractive country to visit. We have ...More Button

I am not aware of the MRBI report. I was of the opinion that in niche areas such as food this country had an excellent reputation. Accommodation can be expensive in some areas. All of us have continuo...More Button

I agree with the Deputy and I would be very concerned about such a report. I have been considering restructuring Bord Fáilte and CERT who deal with these specific issues. I am trying to bring about a ...More Button

On the regional tourism authorities, there are far too many groups involved in marketing tourism. This is the case, in particular, in regard to print. There are tonnes of print material available and ...More Button

Written Answers. - Sports Funding.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the views of young people aged between 14 and 20 that there are insufficient sporting and recreational facilities on the northside of Dublin city; and if he will mak...More Button

This Government has provided more funding towards the provision of sporting and recreational facilities than any other in the history of the State. In addition, the Government has promoted a policy of...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Promotion.

Was asked: the main features of the all-Ireland marketing project for Irish tourism jointly launched with Sir Reg Empey on 7 November 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has considered restructuring Bord Fáilte to meet the new demands involving the reduction in air travel, particularly the reduction in the number of visitors from North America and other countrie...More Button

Was asked: if he has reported to Government on proposals for a possible merger between Bord Fáilte and CERT; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he expects to finalise his consideration of the proposed merger of Bord Fáilte and CERT; when he expects the merger to take place; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 80, 101, 126 and 229 together. Tourism Ireland Limited – the new all island company established under the framework of the Good Friday Agreement to market Ireland inte...More Button

Was asked: his views on whether there is a need to reorganise the regional tourism organisations; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the regional tourism organisations which operate nationwide; the State funding made available to each in each of the past three years including 2001; his plans for the future of these organisations; a...More Button

Was asked: if he has met recently with the regional tourism organisations to discuss with them their views on the current tourism situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 81, 93 and 94 together. At present, there are seven tourism regions, six of which are served by regional tourism authorities, RTAs, established by Bord Fáilte and the ...More Button

Written Answers. - National Development Plan.

Was asked: the steps he intends to take to ensure that funding from the national development plan will be accelerated into RAPID areas which have submitted action plans; the steps being taken to ensure that the ...More Button

Was asked: if, in view of the slowdown in economic growth, he will ensure the maintenance of an adequate level of funding for social inclusion programmes operated in the RAPID areas and the partnership areas; an...More Button

Was asked: the progress made to date regarding the implementation of the RAPID programme; the number of areas in respect of which plans have been submitted to his Department; and if he will make a statement on t...More Button

Written Answers. - National Sports Stadium.

Was asked: if he has met with the GAA, IRFU, FAI, and other sporting organisations in the past four weeks with a view to discussing the Campus Ireland project with them; and if he will make a statement on the ma...More Button

Was asked: when he last met the FAI to discuss Government proposals for Campus/Stadium Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 114 together. In the past four weeks, I have not held any meetings with either the GAA, the IRFU, the FAI or any other sporting organisations to discuss the Spo...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Industry.

Was asked: if he proposes to meet with Bord Fáilte with a view to discussing a rearranged grants scheme for the different sectoral areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: when he plans to notify the European Commission of the tourism product investment scheme; the earliest date by which he hopes to be in a position to launch the scheme; and if he will make a statement ...More Button

Was asked: the aims and objectives of the proposed tourism product investment scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 88, 219 and 220 together. Firstly, Bord Fáilte has not requested a meeting with me with a view to rearranging the grants scheme. The tourism product investment scheme ...More Button

Was asked: if the contract for the Campus Stadium Ireland Project includes a provision for payments in respect of the stadium not proceeding; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

As I informed the Deputy in a written reply on 6 November last, a contract to provide executive services has been completed by CSID with Magahy and Company. The contract is for a five year period, but...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Promotion.

Was asked: if he has received a response from Bord Fáilte to the consultants report, Maximising Ireland's Potential in the International Conference Market; when it is expected that a decision will be made on a p...More Button

Was asked: if he has received, or when he expects to receive, Bord Fáilte's response to the report, Maximising Ireland's Potential in the International Conference Market; when this report was present to Bord Fái...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 90 and 226 together. I can confirm that the consultants, PricewaterhouseCoopers, presented their report entitled, Maximising Ireland's Potential in the International C...More Button

Written Answers. - National Sports Stadium.

Was asked: if he will report on progress with the proposed Sports Campus Ireland.More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the proposed national stadium; the projected costs; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the total number of tenders received for the construction of Sport/Campus Ireland; the firms or groups from whom the tenders have been received; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 97, 111 and 124 together. I have advised the House previously that Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited, CSID, estimate the cost of Sports Campus Ireland, in...More Button

Written Answers. - Heritage Town Programme.

Was asked: the role and responsibility of his Department regarding the heritage towns; his views on the future of the heritage town programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

My Department, as published in its statement of strategy, has responsibility for formulation, development and evaluation of policy for the tourism sector as regards training, human resource policy, to...More Button

Written Answers. - National Lottery Funding.

Was asked: if he has satisfied himself that the basis on which lottery funding is allocated is just and equitable; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Under the national lottery funded sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, grants are allocated towards the provision of sport and recreational facilities for voluntary and co...More Button

Written Answers. - GAA Rules.

Was asked: the Government's view on the proposal by the GAA to remove Rule 21; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The question of the deletion of Rule 21 from the rule book of the Gaelic Athletic Association is a matter for the organisation itself, which is an independent, autonomous body. As the Deputy is aware,...More Button

Written Answers. - National Sports Stadium.

Was asked: the amounts paid to date to each company or individual providing executive services for the proposed Campus/ Stadium Ireland project; the projected amounts that will be paid to each such company or in...More Button

Provision of Exchequer finance for the development of Sports Campus Ireland is made by way of subhead C6 of my Department's Vote. To date this year, Campus and Stadium Ireland Development Limited, CSI...More Button

Was asked: if he has figures for the potential for job creation from the Stadium/Campus Ireland project; if a survey has been conducted by or on behalf of his Department on this matter; and if he will make a sta...More Button

Was asked: whether proposals for the use of the Abbotstown sports campus as a home venue for a soccer team in a new European league are being included and assessed in a report by consultants (details supplied); ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 107 and 253 together. The feasibility study, A Stadium for the New Century, which is available in the Library of the House and on the Web, includes a section, “Economi...More Button

Written Answers. - Local Sports Partnerships.

Was asked: the progress which has been made regarding his commitment to the appointment of a sports development councillor in every county by the end of 2001; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the number of sports partnerships established to date; the financial allocation received by each; his plans to extend the partnerships to other areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 109 and 127 together. The Irish Sports Council is currently piloting the new concept of local sports partnerships – LSPs. Eight LSPs were selected, after open competit...More Button

Written Answers. - National Sports Stadium.

Was asked: if he will set up a golf academy to assist promising players to fulfil their potential.More Button

Was asked: the plans he has to develop tennis facilities at Sports Campus Ireland; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of an organisation (details supplied) which is calling for the inclusion of tennis facilities at Abbotstown with the earliest possible completion date; ...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 110, 115 and 254 together. The concept behind Sports Campus Ireland is the provision of facilities which will be available not only to elite sports people and teams bu...More Button

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the estimated moneys required for the national drugs strategy; the estimated amount of illegal drugs consumed here in 1990 and 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Olympic Games.

Was asked: if he has concluded his consideration of the high performance strategy submitted to him by the Irish Sports Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the plans being put in place in connection with the next Olympic Games; and the indicative funding being provided therefor.More Button

Was asked: the extent to which coaching, training and management facilities exist for Irish athletes in preparation for the next Olympic Games; if such facilities compare favourably with those available in other...More Button

Was asked: the extent to which he intends to directly assist through funding, advice or other means Ireland's participation in the next Olympic Games; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions 113, 121, 236 and 239 together. I asked the Irish Sports Council to carry out an in-depth review of Ireland's preparation for and participation in the Sydney Olympics, incl...More Button

Written Answers. - URBAN Operational Programme.

Was asked: the position regarding discussions with the EU Commission on the proposed URBAN II programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - National Drugs Strategy.

Was asked: the progress made to date regarding implementation of the new national drugs strategy launched on 10 May 2001; the progress which has been made regarding the extension of the drugs task forces to the ...More Button

Written Answers. - County Development Boards.

Was asked: his proposals for a review of local development structures as recommended by the task force on the integration of local government and local development; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Social Inclusion Policies.

Was asked: if, in regard to comments made in his speech to the 2001 Sports Development Conference on 2 November, he plans to bring forward specific proposals for the greater use of sport to promote social inclus...More Button

In the speech to which the Deputy refers, I referred to the Government's promotion of social inclusion policies and the vital role that sport plays in this regard. I went on to state my belief that if...More Button

Written Answers. - Advertising Expenditure.

Was asked: the total expenditure for his Department for television advertising to date in 2001; and the percentage of expenditure allocated to Irish established broadcasters regulated here compared to that alloc...More Button

My Department has not incurred expenditure on television advertising to date in 2001. Question No. 210 answered with Question No. 78.More Button

Written Answers. - Special Olympics World Games.

Was asked: the progress which has been made to accommodate the Special Olympics; the facilities which have been identified for use for events; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his views on the financial package in place to finance the Special Olympic World Summer Games; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 211 and 213 together. The Special Olympics World Summer Games will be held in Ireland in June 2003 when Ireland will play host to an estimated 7,000 athletes, 3,000 co...More Button

Written Answers. - National Conference Centre.

Was asked: the position of the Spencer Dock national conference project; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I presume the Deputy is referring specifically to the project selected by the Independent Product Management Board for grant assistance under the Operational Programme for Tourism 1994-1999. As I have...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Industry.

Was asked: if a firm (details supplied) in County Donegal received funding from his Department; if his attention has been drawn to the potential problems facing tourists who booked through this firm and whose re...More Button

This company has not received any funding from my Department. While I regret any potential problems facing tourists who have dealt with this organisation on a commercial basis, neither Bord Fáilte nor...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Promotion.

Was asked: the total funding provided for tourism marketing abroad in 1998, 1999 and 2000; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The outturn of expenditure by my Department for general tourism marketing purposes is set out in the Estimates volumes for the years in question. The position may be summarised as follows: More Button

Written Answers. - Operational Programmes.

Was asked: the aims and objectives of the south and east regional operational programme for the provision of community sporting and recreational facilities under the culture, recreation and sports measure of the...More Button

The culture, recreation and sports measure of the south and east regional operational programme – local infrastructure sub-programme – will support the balanced regional development and social inclusi...More Button

Written Answers. - Sports Funding.

Was asked: the way in which the social inclusion expenditure moneys have been used in 2001 to date; the agencies of groups involved; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Written Answers. - Recreational Facilities.

Was asked: the way in which the recreation aspect of his title is put into practice; the programmes and schemes in operation under this aspect of his Ministry as distinct from the tourism and sport aspects; and ...More Button

The recreation element of my Department's work is addressed in a variety of ways mainly through various sports related programmes under which an integrated approach to policy development and implement...More Button

Written Answers. - Swimming Pools Projects.

Was asked: his plans to publish the findings of the interdepartmental working group established to develop guidelines and advise on the operation of a public private partnership approach in relation to swimming ...More Button

My Department's consideration of the report of the interdepartmental working group on a public private partnership – PPP – approach to the provision of swimming pools under the local authority swimmin...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Industry.

Was asked: the contribution of Aer Lingus to the tourism industry; his estimate of the number of tourists from North America, Europe and elsewhere respectively that have travelled here by Aer Lingus each year fo...More Button

Was asked: the most recent contribution inputted to Irish access transport policy by his Department from a tourism dimension; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 224 and 232 together. Bord Fáilte have provided figures for the numbers of visitors travelling by air to Ireland for the periods in question, as follows:More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Ireland Limited.

Was asked: the names of the board of directors of Tourism Ireland Limited; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The members of the board of directors of Tourism Ireland Limited are as follows: the chairman, Andrew Coppel, and the vice-chairperson, Ann Riordan. The ordinary members are Roy Bailie (chairman of th...More Button

Written Answers. - Tourism Promotion.

Was asked: if his attention has been drawn to the fact that privately owned land is being marketed in British magazines as hill walking holidays without the owners' consent; if he will investigate this matter; a...More Button

I have no knowledge of the matter to which the Deputy refers and I have received no representations, probably due to the fact that I have no responsibility in relation to such matters.More Button

Written Answers. - EU Funding.

Was asked: if he will report on the Ireland-Wales INTERREG 3 Programme, 2000-2006, regarding the tourism element; the progress to date and future plans, and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

The lead Department in the context of Ireland-Wales INTERREG III negotiations is the Department of Finance. The Ireland-Wales INTERREG III operational programme, 2000-2006, was agreed between official...More Button

Written Answers. - Bord Fáilte.

Was asked: the names, addresses and periods of office of the members of the board of Bord Fáilte Éireann; their qualifications and business interests; the payments made to each during their periods on the board;...More Button

I intend to reply to the Deputy's question by means of the following tabular statement.More Button

Written Answers. - Sports Funding.

Was asked: his proposals to upgrade sporting and recreational facilities here; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if investment in track and field, sporting and recreational activities here is on par with that in other European countries; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the provision of indoor and outdoor sporting and recreational facilities on a country wide basis; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: the total amount he expects to be in a position to allocate for the provision of sporting and recreational facilities here in 2001 and in 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: his plans for the provision of adequate sporting and recreational facilities in or adjacent to towns or villages with particular reference to meeting demographic needs; and if he will make a statement...More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 235, 237, 238, 242 and 244 together.More Button

Written Answers. - Sports Capital Programme.

Was asked: the extent to which moneys allocated from the proceeds of the national lottery or other sources to various sporting and recreational bodies here have been drawn down as at 31 October 2001; if some suc...More Button

Under the sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, grants funded from the proceeds of the national lottery are allocated on an annual basis. The 416 organisations, which were ...More Button

Was asked: the number of requests on hand for sporting and recreational grant aid in respect of County Kildare; the number to which he has responded favourably in the past 12 months; and if he will make a statem...More Button

Under the sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, a total of 58 applications were received in 2001 in respect of projects in County Kildare. Following assessments of these ap...More Button

Was asked: the position regarding the availability of funding for youth and community facilities at Confey, Leixlip, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if his Department has carried out any assessment of the amenity and recreational means at Clane, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

Was asked: if he has carried out any assessment of the recreational and amenity means at Celbridge, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

I propose to take Questions Nos. 245 to 247, inclusive, together. The national lottery funded sports capital programme, administered by my Department, is advertised annually and applications for fundi...More Button

Written Answers. - Departmental Staff.

Was asked: the number of staff in his Department who have made job sharing arrangements; and if he will make a statement on the matter.More Button

There are ten officers currently availing of job sharing arrangements in my Department. I can assure the Deputy that my Department is fully committed to the implementation of family friendly policies ...More Button

Written Answers. - Environmental Policy.

Was asked: if it is his policy to encourage the implementation of environmental measures in hotels and other establishments providing holiday accommodation to maximise water and energy conservation and minimise ...More Button

It is my policy to encourage the implementation of environmental measures in hotels and other establishments providing holiday accommodation. In 1997, I launched a special pilot tourism and the enviro...More Button

Written Answers. - Recreational Facilities.

Was asked: the work which has been carried out under his remit as provider of recreational facilities; and if he will re-double his efforts to help solve this problem.More Button

The sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, provides grants to organisations for the provision of sporting and recreational facilities. Among the objectives of the programme ...More Button


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