Connacht Rugby’s planned redevelopment of the Sportsgrounds in Galway made it onto the Dáil record yesterday with local TD Noel Grealish seeking assurances from An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar that it would be given a fair hearing.
It may not have been what Varadkar was expecting in the midst of Brexit, Rockall and more but he gave a good political answer in saying that the Government was investing money all over the state.
The Sportsground Development is one of three projects seeking €20 million or more from the fund, the others being the RDS for redevelopment of the main Arena and Dun Laoghairer Rathdown County Council for development of a sports facility in the County.
There were 72 applications amounting to a total investment ‘ask’now of €172,133,376 and a total cost to complete all the projects of €667,454,723.
24 Counties have put forward submissions with Cork and Dublin leading the way.
Cork have submitted for 14 projects across City and County including €12.3 million for a new Athletics training facility shared between Athletics Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology, €2.7 million for the new FAI Centre of Excellence at Glanmire, €817,000 for upgrades at the National Rowing Centre and an initial €322,000 towards the development of a new Sports park for UCC.
There are 13 projects across Dublin City Council, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown and South Dublin County Councils.
Among these are the Dalymount Park Stadium development which is seeking €1.2 million in the current round, upgrades to the Aviva Stadium for Euro 2020 amounting to an ask of €3.1 million and an indoor sports Centre at TU Dublin for which an initial €2.3 million has been requested.
Galway has six projects in the mix for the fund which has been established at an initial amount of €100 million and which is currently in the process of review.