Written Answers - Sports Funding

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Dáil Éireann Debate
Vol. 723 No. 1

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  33.  Deputy Paul Connaughton  Information on Paul Connaughton  Zoom on Paul Connaughton   asked the Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport  Information on Martin Cullen  Zoom on Martin Cullen   if she envisages the capital investment in sport outlined in the Government’s Infrastructure Investment Priorities 2010 to 2016 remains realistic for the coming year given the fiscal reality; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [44107/10]

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport (Deputy Mary Hanafin): Information on Mary Hanafin  Zoom on Mary Hanafin  The Deputy will be aware that in light of the current economic situation it is necessary for the Government to make an overall expenditure adjustment of €15 billion over the next four years in order to achieve the target deficit of 3% of GDP by 2014. The adjustments required are set out in the Four Year Plan published by the Government today. The Plan includes adjustments to the overall capital envelope for my Department’s Vote Group up to 2014. The new capital envelope for 2011 is €96m, with envelopes of €100m, €85m and €80m for 2012, 2013 and 2014 respectively. Capital allocations will be distributed for each year in line with priorities in the tourism, culture and sport areas. The level of investment in sport for 2011 will be outlined in the Budget on 7 December and I am sure that the Deputy will appreciate that I am not in a position to outline the Estimates for my Department in advance of that date.

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