Dáil Éireann - Volume 644 - 12 December, 2007

Written Answers. - Sports Capital Programme.

Deputy Jimmy Deenihan asked the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism his plans to develop multi-sports facilities; if he will give preferential treatment to groups who will apply for such a facility; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34562/07]

  Deputy Séamus Brennan: Under the sports capital programme, which is administered by my Department, funding is allocated to sporting and community organisations at local, regional and national level throughout the country. Through the sports capital programme this Government has invested considerable sums into important sporting infrastructure in every county of Ireland. Since 1998 a total of €568m has been allocated in sports capital funding to 6,716 sports projects across the country. Additionally over €107m in capital funding has been provided towards the redevelopment of Croke Park. In 2007 alone €85m was allocated towards 935 separate projects.

The date of the next round of the Programme has not yet been decided. As in previous years, advertisements announcing the next round of the Programme will be placed in the national press and application forms will be available at that stage. Applications for funding under the programme will be assessed in accordance with the assessment criteria as will be outlined in the guidelines, terms and conditions of the Programme.