To ask the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport his department’s plans regarding the proposed national velodrome and badminton centre at Abbotstown; the status of the project to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Declan Breathnach TD
REPLY.
In line with the Programme For Government commitment to continuing progress on the National Sports Campus, in Budget 2017 it was confirmed that the Government has committed 16 million euro to develop a National Velodrome and Badminton Centre at the campus in 2020 and 2021.

The proposed facility will comprise a 250 metre cycling track, 12-16 Badminton Courts in the in-track area, spectator seating and ancillary facilities including office space. The Centre will be developed by Sport Ireland to the construction specification of the Union Cycliste Internationale and the Badminton World Federation.

Planning permission was granted for this facility in March 2015 and a cost benefit analysis has been prepared by Sport Ireland. Procurement and construction of the Centre will take approximately 2 years over the period 2020-21.

As the first indoor velodrome on the island, this arena will be hugely valuable resource for our athletes while also helping to increase participation levels in both cycling and badminton.