Dáil Éireann - Volume 507 - 29 June, 1999
Written Answers. - Funding of Special Olympics.
Mr. Durkan Mr. Durkan
130. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for Health and Children the extent, if any, to which he will offer financial assistance towards the special Olympics; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16336/99]
Mr. Cowen Mr. Cowen
Minister for Health and Children (Mr. Cowen): My Department has no plans at present to make financial assistance available to Special Olympics Ireland. At local and regional level, it is a matter for the health boards and individual service providers to decide on the level of assistance, if any, which they may wish to make available to support the work of this agency.
As Special Olympics Ireland provides opportunities for participation in sporting events for persons with intellectual disability, the question of the possible provision of financial assistance at national level would, in the first instance, be a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Recreation.
Dáil Éireann 507 Written Answers. Funding of Special Olympics.