Updated at 07:00

We will know more later today when the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media published its more detailed budget allocation but at first glance, the news from the Department of Finance appears to be positive.

It looks like there will be broad-based increases in the allocation to Sport Ireland of €4.3 million, to the Sports Capital programme of €6.6 million and to the attraction of Major Sporting Events of €400,000.

The respective figures for the principal Sport Ireland allocations will now rise to €96.2 million, with €12 million coming from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

The figure for attracting major events which could include the joint bid with Britain and Northern Ireland for the 2030 World Cup, the America’s Cup in Sailing or many more at a lower level will now be €6.4 million.

It also emerged last night that female Gaelic players would be given the same grant on an annual basis of €1,200, rising from €400 to match their male counterparts.

Another benefit and one that was called for in the Ireland Active submission was the extension of the workplace subsidy scheme which will take some pressure off sporting facilities until April at least.

The narrative description of the support for Sports and Recreation Services in the budget document states that

“The aim of this programme is to contribute to a healthier and more active society by promoting sports participation and by supporting high performance and the provision of sport facilities.”

Under this programme, the 2022 allocation will allow the Department to provide:

* Increased support for Sport Ireland;
* Additional funding for Sports Capital and Equipment Programme;
* Increased funding for Sports Measures via the Dormant Accounts Fund;
* Increased funding for initiatives to attract major sporting events to Ireland.

There will be more detail emerging at a press conference at 2 PM in Government Building from where we will report on additional particulars of the supports.


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