The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross TD and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Patrick O’Donovan TD, on 17th Nov 2016 launched a public consultation process on the development of a new National Sports Policy Framework.

The aim of the consultation process is to give all stakeholders the opportunity to feed into the development of the new National Sports Policy. The policy will provide a framework for sport in Ireland over the next ten years and will set the agenda for Sport Ireland.

The public consultation process, along with relevant stakeholder engagement, will contribute to the delivery of the National Sports Policy.  Submissions are invited from all relevant stakeholders over the coming weeks and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport proposes, following the consultation process, to prepare a National Sports Policy for submission to Government.  The public consultation document addresses and raises questions under the following themes:

-          Contribution of sport

-          Participation

-          High Performance

-          Local and Regional Facilities

-          National Sports Campus

-          Governance

-          Coaching

-          Volunteer engagement

-          Safety in sport

-          Integrity of sport and international influence

-          Sport in a cross-sectorial context

-          Outdoor recreation

-          Sports Tourism

-          Financing Irish sport

-          Measuring the impact of sport

Minister Ross said “I am delighted to launch the public consultation for a new National Sports Policy Framework. This is a very important consultation as it will give all relevant stakeholders an opportunity to make a real contribution to the new National Sports Policy Framework, which will be developed early next year.  The framework will be the first of its kind for over 20 years and will set the agenda for sport over the coming years. 

Sport is so important in Ireland, historically, culturally and economically. Its benefits are numerous, from the obvious health and economic benefits to the increasingly important social benefits of inclusion and relationship-building. It is vital that we get engagement from everyone involved in sport from ground level up on all issues relevant to Irish sport, from participation to high performance.  I would like to invite all stakeholders to take this opportunity to have their say on the future of Irish sport and how sport will be delivered over the coming decade.”

Minister O’Donovan said “The consultation process on the new National Sports Policy provides an opportunity to everybody involved in sport to input their views, be they administrators, coaches and volunteers to participants, competitors and spectators. Sport Ireland, the National Governing Bodies of Sport, the Local Sports Partnerships and the many volunteers, coaches and administrators involved in sport are doing a lot of work throughout the country to increase participation in sport and support our elite athletes and the Government is strongly supportive of this work.

There is no doubt that there are challenges in a number of key areas to improve the delivery of sport and these need to be addressed in the new sport policy.   It is only through feedback from all of those involved in sport that we can identify the challenges and opportunities and ensure that the right structures, programmes and infrastructure are in place to deliver the very best for Irish sport over the coming years.” 

The consultation document, along with details of how to make a submission, are available on the website of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport:

The closing date for submissions is 17:00, 6 January 2017.

In line with established practice for public consultation and subject to considerations of confidentiality, submissions will be published on the Department’s website and are subject to Freedom of Information legislation.

Applications are sought from suitably qualified persons for the following position


Application forms and full particulars are available on Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council’s website

Completed application forms should be returned to the County Council's Human Resources Department not later than 4.00pm on Monday 28th November 2016. Candidates may be shortlisted based on the information supplied on their application forms.

DailyMile Logo NoStrap RGBDun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership, HSE Health Promotion DML and the Blackrock Education Centre are currently inviting primary schools in the County to take part in a free and simple initiative to improve the health and wellbeing in their schools.

The Daily MileTM is an initiative which was started by Elaine Wyllie, Headteacher of a Large Scottish Primary School, in 2012 to address the obesity crisis. 

COE logoDun Laoghaire Rathdown Sports Partnership and UCD Sport are hosting the second of our FREE seminars on the evening of Tuesday the 22nd November that will look at the area of child protection and sport. Of particular interest to your club Children’s Officer, this seminar will set out to give clear information around the various elements that clubs are responsible for with regards to child protection including legislation, vetting, training and best practice.

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Fancy meeting up for some fun activity for any fitness levels and ability. Organised by Dún Laoghaire - Rathdown Sports Partnership & dlr Leisure Ballyogan the group will take part in weekly hour long activity/walking sessions. Just €15 for 5 sessions (€3 per session).

For more information or if you have any queries please contact Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Sports Partnership 01 271 9502