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GAA, FAI and IRFU share €7.4m funds
16 Apr 2014 18:06
The Irish Sports Council has announced details of a funding package of €7.4 million for the development of Gaelic games, soccer and rugby at grassroots level.
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The package is worth €2.4 million for the GAA, €2.7 million for the FAI and €2.36 million for the IRFU.
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The investment is intended to increase participation in sport and physical activity throughout the country.
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The €7.4 million represents only a slight reduction on 2013 allocations. 2014 should see over 700,000 participants from almost 5,000 clubs will take part in programmes delivered by the main sporting bodies
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Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring said the three organisations would use the funds to "continue their commitment to growing the participation base of their sports."
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"This investment ensures the long-term sustainable development of the three sports in Ireland so that they continue to make a major contribution to our communities in sport and contribute to the health and well-being of the nation.
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"The Government previously announced a funding package of €25 million through the Irish Sports Council strategy and these further grants continue to support grassroots participation."
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Kieran Mulvey, chairperson of the Irish Sports Council also welcomed the announcement.
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"These programmes are based on a shared ethos of developing the grass roots of the games, growing participation numbers and targeting communities outside of the traditional base of the sport".
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