SPORT IRELAND ACT 2015

Cited as:IR No. 15/2015
Jurisdiction:Ireland


SPORT IRELAND ACT 2015

2015 Number 15

An Act to provide for the administration and development of sport in the State; to provide for the establishment of a body to be known in the Irish language as Spórt Éireann or in the English language as Sport Ireland; to provide for the dissolution of the Irish Sports Council and the National Sports Campus Development Authority; to update the law in relation to doping in sport; and to provide for related matters.

[13th May 2015]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows:

1 Preliminary and General

PART 1

Preliminary and General

S-1 Short title and commencement

1 Short title and commencement

(1) This Act may be cited as the Sport Ireland Act 2015.

(2) Part 4 shall come into operation on the establishment day.

S-2 Interpretation

2 Interpretation

(1) In this Act-

"acquisition order" has the meaning given by paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 ;

"Act of 1999" means Irish Sports Council Act 1999 ;

"Act of 2002" means State Authorities (Public Private Partnership Arrangements) Act 2002 ;

"Act of 2006" means National Sports Campus Development Authority Act 2006 ;

"Act of 2012" means Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 ;

"Authority" means National Sports Campus Development Authority;

"chief executive" has the meaning given by section 22 ;

"civil partner" means civil partner within the meaning of the Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 ;

"committee" means a committee established under paragraph 6 of Schedule 1 ;

"company" means a company within the meaning of the Companies Act 1963 ;

"competitive sport" means all forms of physical activity which, through organised participation, aim at-

(a) expressing or improving physical fitness, and

(b) obtaining improved results in competition at all levels;

"Council" means Irish Sports Council;

"doping in sport" has the meaning given by section 40 ;

"establishment day" means the day appointed under section 6 ;

"financial year" means a period of 12 months ending on 31 December in any year and, in the case of the first financial year of Sport Ireland, means the period commencing on the establishment day and ending on 31 December in the year in which the establishment day falls;

"Minister" means Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport;

"national anti-doping organisation" has the meaning given by section 40 ;

"National Aquatic Centre" means the land commonly known as the National Aquatic Centre situated at Deanstown, in the county of Dublin;

"National Framework of Qualifications" has the same meaning as it has in the Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 ;

"prescribed" means prescribed by regulations made by the Minister;

"public authority" means-

(a) a Minister of the Government,

(b) a local authority for the purposes of the Local Government Act 2001 ,

(c) an education and training board, or

(d) a person established-

(i) by or under any enactment (other than the Companies Acts),

(ii) by any scheme administered by the Government, or

(iii) under the Companies Acts, in pursuance of powers conferred by or under another enactment, and financed wholly or partly, whether directly or indirectly, by means of moneys provided, or loans made or guaranteed, by a Minister of the Government or by subscription for shares held by or on behalf of a Minister of the Government,

or

(e) a company (within the meaning of the Companies Acts), a majority of the shares in which are held by or on behalf of a Minister of the Government;

"recreational sport" means all forms of physical activity which, through casual or regular participation, aim at-

(a) expressing or improving physical fitness and mental well-being, and

(b) forming social relationships;

"sample" means a sample, or specimen, of biological material collected for the purposes of preventing doping in sport;

"site" means-

(a) the National Aquatic Centre,

(b) the land which, immediately before the establishment day, was owned by the National Sports Campus Development Authority, and

(c) any land acquired by Sport Ireland under section 26 ;

"sport" includes competitive sport and recreational sport;

"Sport Ireland" means the body established under section 7 (1);

"sports campus" means a campus of facilities for sporting activities, whether indoor or outdoor, and facilities and services to support such activities, which includes the National Aquatic Centre and may include an indoor arena, playing pitches, sports training facilities, a stadium, a velodrome, administrative facilities for sport and medical and research facilities for sport;

"strategy statement" means a statement required to be prepared and submitted under section 15 (1);

"subsidiary" means a subsidiary (within the meaning of section 155 of the Companies Act 1963 ) of Sport Ireland.

(2) In this Act, references to a member, or the members, of the staff of Sport Ireland shall include references to the chief executive, other than in-

(a) section 24 , and

(b) paragraph 8 of Schedule 1 .

S-3 Expenses of Minister

3 Expenses of Minister

3. The expenses incurred by the Minister in the administration of this Act shall, to such extent as may be sanctioned by the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, be paid out of moneys provided by the Oireachtas.

S-4 Orders and regulations

4 Orders and regulations

(1) The Minister may by regulations provide for any matter referred to in this Act as prescribed or to be prescribed.

(2) Without prejudice to any provision of this Act, regulations under this section may contain such incidental, supplementary and consequential provisions as appear to the Minister to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of the regulations.

(3) Every order (other than an order made under section 6 or an acquisition order) or regulation made by the Minister under this Act shall be laid before each House of the Oireachtas as soon as practicable after it is made.

(4) Either House of the Oireachtas may, by a resolution passed within 21 days after the day on which a regulation or order is laid before it under this section, annul the regulation or order.

(5) The annulment of a regulation or order under subsection (4) takes effect immediately on the passing of the resolution concerned, but does not affect the validity of anything done under the regulation or order before the passing of that resolution.

S-5 Repeals

5 Repeals

(1) Subject to section 45 , the Act of 1999 is repealed on the establishment day.

(2) The Act of 2006 is repealed on the establishment day.

2 Sport Ireland

PART 2

Sport Ireland

Chapter 1

Establishment and functions

S-6 Establishment day

6 Establishment day

6. The Minister shall, by order, appoint a day to be the establishment day for the purposes of this Act.

S-7 Establishment of Sport Ireland

7 Establishment of Sport Ireland

(1) There shall stand established on the establishment day a body to be known in the Irish language as Spórt Éireann or, in the English language, as Sport Ireland, to perform the functions conferred on it by this Act.

(2) The provisions of Schedule 1 shall have effect in relation to Sport Ireland.

S-8 Functions of Sport Ireland

8 Functions of Sport Ireland

(1) The functions of Sport Ireland shall be the following:

(a) to develop strategies for increasing participation in recreational sport at national and local level and to co-ordinate the implementation of those strategies by all bodies (including public authorities and bodies funded from moneys provided by the Oireachtas) involved in promoting recreational sport and providing recreational facilities;

(b) to encourage the promotion, development and co-ordination of, and the achievement of excellence in, competitive sport;

(c) to support elite athletes in achieving excellence in sport;

(d) to facilitate, through the promulgation of guidelines and codes of practice, standards of good conduct, fair play and the elimination of doping in sport;

(e) to take such action as Sport Ireland considers appropriate, including testing, to combat doping in sport;

(f) to plan, implement, evaluate and monitor education and information programmes for good conduct, fair play and the elimination of doping in sport;

(g) in its capacity as the national anti-doping organisation in the State, to direct the collection of samples, to manage the testing and test results of samples and attend hearings, as required;

(h) to develop, or to continue the development of, a sports campus on the site;

(i) to manage, operate and maintain the sports campus referred to in paragraph (h);

(j) to manage, operate and maintain any other facilities as may be approved by the Minister;

(k) to develop and disseminate guidelines and codes of practice promoting best practice for the protection of children in sport consistent with child protection legislation;

(l) to develop coaches and tutors at all levels in sport and, in co-operation with sporting bodies, to ensure that-

(i) quality-assured coach and tutor education programmes and qualifications are established and maintained to meet national requirements, and

(ii) those qualifications are recognised, where appropriate, within the National Framework of Qualifications;

(m) where the Minister so directs, to arrange for research to be conducted concerning competitive sport or recreational sport;

(n) to disseminate information concerning competitive sport or recreational sport;

(o) to encourage individuals and the private sector to contribute to the development of sport;

(p) to furnish and equip the sports campus, referred to in paragraph (h), with such plant, machinery, equipment and apparatus as Sport Ireland considers appropriate;

(q) to encourage and promote the use of the sports campus, referred to in paragraph (h), by-

(i) persons participating in sport at professional and amateur levels, and

(ii) members of the public generally;

(r) to perform any additional functions assigned to Sport Ireland under section 9 .

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of subsection...

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