Sport Ireland Act 2015


Number 15 of 2015




Preliminary and General


1. Short title and commencement

2. Interpretation

3. Expenses of Minister

4. Orders and regulations

5. Repeals


Sport Ireland

Chapter 1

Establishment and functions

6. Establishment day

7. Establishment of Sport Ireland

8. Functions of Sport Ireland

9. Additional functions

10. Consultants and advisers

11. Criteria, terms and conditions of assistance

12. Government policy and Minister’s directions

13. Advice and information

14. Advances by Minister to Sport Ireland

15. Strategy statement

16. Accounts and audits

17. Annual report and information to Minister

18. Service agreement

19. Public Private Partnership arrangements

20. Subsidiaries of Sport Ireland and other matters

21. Borrowing by Sport Ireland or subsidiaries

Chapter 2

Chief Executive

22. Chief executive

23. Accountability to Committees of Oireachtas

Chapter 3

Staff and superannuation

24. Staff of Sport Ireland

25. Superannuation of staff

Chapter 4


26. Acquisition of land by Sport Ireland

27. Renewal of leases

28. Amendment of Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999

Chapter 5

The site

29. Development of site


Dissolution of Irish Sports Council and National Sports Campus Development Authority

Chapter 1

Dissolution and transfer of functions

30. Dissolution of Council and Authority

31. References to Council or Authority in enactments

32. Transfer of land and other property

33. Transfer of rights and liabilities, and continuation of leases, licences and permissions granted by the Council or the Authority

34. Liability for loss occurring before establishment day

35. Provisions consequent upon the conferral of functions on, or transfer of assets and liabilities to, Sport Ireland

36. Final accounts and annual report of Council

37. Final accounts and annual report of Authority

Chapter 2

Transfer of staff and superannuation

38. Transfer of staff of Council and Authority

39. Superannuation



40. Definitions for Part 4

41. National anti-doping organisation

42. Anti-doping and Irish Anti-Doping Rules

43. Data protection

44. Persons engaged in sport

45. Continuance of Irish Anti-Doping Rules


Sport Ireland


Provisions Relating to Compulsory Acquisition

Acts Referred to

Acquisition of Land (Assessment of Compensation) Act 1919 (9 & 10 Geo. 5, c.57)

Civil Partnership and Certain Rights and Obligations of Cohabitants Act 2010 (No. 24)

Companies Act 1963 (No. 33)

Companies Act 1990 (No. 33)

Companies Acts

Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 (No. 8)

Data Protection Acts 1988 and 2003

European Parliament Elections Act 1997 (No. 2)

Irish Sports Council Act 1999 (No. 6)

Landlord and Tenant Acts 1967 to 2008

Lands Clauses Consolidation Act 1845 (8 & 9 Vict., c. 18)

Local Government Act 2001 (No. 37)

Minimum Notice and Terms of Employment Acts 1973 to 2005

National Sports Campus Development Authority Act 2006 (No. 19)

Organisation of Working Time Act 1997 (No. 20)

Parental Leave Acts 1998 and 2006

Protection of Employees (Part-Time Work) Act 2001 (No. 45)

Public Service Pensions (Single Scheme and Other Provisions) Act 2012 (No. 37)

Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Act 2012 (No. 28)

Redundancy Payments Acts 1967 to 2012

Registration of Deeds and Title Act 2006 (No. 12)

Roads Act 1993 (No. 14)

Stamp Duties Consolidation Act 1999 (No. 31)

State Authorities (Public Private Partnership Arrangements) Act 2002 (No. 1)

Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977 to 2007


Number 15 of 2015


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.

[13 th May, 2015]

Be it enacted by the Oireachtas as follows: