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.

The package is worth €2.4 million for the GAA, €2.7 million for the FAI and €2.36 million for the IRFU.

The investment is intended to increase participation in sport and physical activity throughout the country.

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 

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."

"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.

"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."

Kieran Mulvey, chairperson of the Irish Sports Council also welcomed the announcement. 

"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".