Thursday, 30 June 2005
Dáil Eireann Debate
329. Mr. English asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism when a development grant 2003 (details supplied) will be paid out in full; the reason for the delay in paying out the grant; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23636/05]
Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism (Mr. O’Donoghue): A grant of €200,000 was provisionally allocated to the project in question under the 2003 national lottery-funded sports capital programme administered by my Department. The grant allocation was subject to the terms and conditions of the programme, including the execution of a Deed of Covenant and Charge, which provides, inter alia, for a refund of the grant in the event of the facility not continuing to be used for the purpose for which the grant was allocated. My Department’s legal adviser, the Chief State Solicitor’s office, CSSO, deals with the grantee’s solicitor in executing this deed.
I understand that the CSSO is still awaiting some of the required documentation from the organisation’s solicitor and sent a further reminder to the solicitor last week regarding the documentation still awaited. No payment of the grant can be made until the deed of covenant and charge is executed. In the event that the relevant documentation is not provided expeditiously, the question of the withdrawal of the grant will fall to be considered.
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