Wednesday 13 December 2017

Athletics: Audits take time, y'know

John Greene

John Greene

THE National Sports Strategy and Audit of Sporting Facilities may not sound rivetting, but its inclusion in the programme for government was for very good reasons.

Primarily devised to gather data on what facilities are at our disposal, it would not only help assess how taxpayers' money was spent under the sports capital programme, but also where future investment was required. And there was also the matter of trying to promote Ireland as a base in the run-up to the London Olympics in 2012.

The problem is that the programme for government in question dates back to 2002.

Nothing much clearly happened in the first four years of the five-year programme because in November 2006, John O'Donoghue, the then sports minister, in reply to a question from John Gormley, said that the audit was "under way" and it was being done "as quickly as we can".

Three ministers later, and a matter which was supposedly a priority in 2002 has, through no fault of hers, landed on Mary Hanafin's desk. And the latest word from the department is that the minister is finalising a National Sports Strategy and Audit of Sporting Facilities which will cover the period 2010-2015. Alright then.

Sunday Independent

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