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Irish Sports Council reveals funds
11 Feb 2015 20:08
A number of Ireland's leading sport stars hoping to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympic games have had their funding boosted moderately by the Irish Sports Council.
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A package worth €19.6m of sports funding was announced by the Sports Council today, an increase of €1m on last year, and includes €8.16m which will be ring-fenced to help Irish Olympic hopefuls.
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€10.85m of the funding will go towards the 59 national governing bodies. This group does does not include the GAA, FAI and IRFU which will learn their level of funding via an announcement next month.
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Kieran Mulvey, Chairman of the Irish Sports Council welcomed the increase in funding and said: "The Council place National Governing Bodies at the centre of our work and are the strategic heart of Irish sport.
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"This is a major input of resources into their operations and ongoing development and we have confidence that there will be a significant return on that investment."
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Speaking further to RTÉ Sport, Mulvey outlined the need for the respective sporting bodies need to engage in longer-term planing and that Government funding is central for in achieving said objectives in the time frame.
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"I think we do have to get into a more three to four-year focus in planning and development and we have to convince the Government that finance is needed for this to happen," he said.
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Now that the period of austerity is at an end, there hopefully will be more funds in the Exchequer and we’ll be in a position as part of the National Sports Policy, post Rio, to get into a four-year fund cycle that will take into account the World Athletics Championship. We need to incrementally bill it and plan it.
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Now with the development of the Sports Campus in Abbotstown and the development of the Institute of Sport and Coaching Ireland in Limerick we are building a tremendous infrastructure and sports facilities for our athletes.
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The full list of allocations is available to read on the Irish Sports Council website.
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