Reaction to Tuesday’s Budget has started to flow from sporting circles and it has been broadly positive.
Sport for Business was the only media to detail the spending plans in any depth yesterday and we follow up today with clarification around funding for the Large Scale Infrastructure Fund.
The Current account amount of money available is well up on last year in line with promises around the National Sports Policy and that is where Sport Ireland have focused in their reaction issued last night.
“The Ministers’ budget announcement is a welcome one for Irish Sport,” said Sport Ireland Chair Kieran Mulvey.
“On behalf of Sport Ireland, I would like to thank the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Shane Ross, the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, and their department officials their work in securing additional funding for sport in Ireland.”
“The Government’s National Sports Policy was published last year and identifies Sport Ireland as one of the key delivery agents. Yesterday’s announcement sees an additional €5.5 million allocated to Sport Ireland support the delivery of the policy.”
“The comprehensive and ambitious National Sports Policy published by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport last year tasks Sport Ireland with playing a role in the delivery of 45 of the 57 actions. The increased investment announced by the Ministers will allow us to continue to deliver on those actions while supporting the sustainable development of the Irish sporting sector through the National Governing Bodies and Local Sports Partnerships.”
“The valuable work of these funded organisations in providing opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to get involved in sport cannot be underestimated.”
There was further good news for high-performance sport in Ireland with an additional €2 million allocated to support preparations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. An additional €250,000 for the Irish Open has also been committed, bringing the total investment in the 2020 tournament to €1 million.
“Through yesterday’s announcement, the Ministers have shown their commitment to the continued development of the Irish sport sector,” added Sport Ireland Chief Executive, John Treacy.
“The additional funding is a welcome boost for the Irish High-Performance System. We are reaching a critical juncture in the planning for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Games and the additional high-performance funding will support Ireland’s top athletes as they continue on the qualification path and step-up their preparations for Tokyo.”
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