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Friday 22 September 2017

No funding planned for RDS say Taoiseach's officials

Katie Power clears the fence on her mount Trendy Royal, during the 138cm Ponies competition at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. 5/8/15
Katie Power clears the fence on her mount Trendy Royal, during the 138cm Ponies competition at the Discover Ireland Dublin Horse Show in the RDS. 5/8/15
Samantha McCaughren

Samantha McCaughren

A briefing note for Taoiseach Enda Kenny by department officials about a request from the RDS for a substantial funds towards its redevelopment said there was no provision for such a grant in 2017 or future allocations.

The note from late 2016 states that there were "a number of other significant sporting facilities seeking capital assistance in the short term".

"The RDS is seeking a very significant amount of money and it would need a special allocation by government if it was to be provided."

It also noted that the RDS, which is most associated with the Dublin Horse Show, has been included as one of the potential venues should Ireland succeed in its bid to host the Rugby World Cup.

Kenny met with RDS representatives in 2015 about the redevelopment where he outlined "the fiscal rules applying to public finances".

But he said the matter "could be considered further in the future as the public finances continue to improve with the economic recovery".

An email to Matt Dempsey, RDS chairman, from the Taoiseach's office last October said that as the project was in the planning stages it was suggested that he keep Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sports Shane Ross briefed on the progress.

A spokesman for the department said: "Officials from the Department met with representatives from the RDS to discuss their submission on 7 March 2017 and agreed to keep the Minister informed of developments."

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