The Government is to provide core funding for the day to day running of Irish Sport of €28.4 million in 2024, an increase of €2.3 million on last year or nine percent on 2023.

€17.3 million is being invested in the National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs) this year, an increase of €1.3 million on the 2023 figure.

Investment in the network of Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs) has increased by €1 million, with a total investment of €11.4 million being allocated across the 29 LSPs.

This is the highest ever level of Core investment into NGBs and LSPs, increasing by almost €11.9m so far over the lifecycle of the National Sports Policy 2018-2027.

We will look in detail at the individual sports funding on Sport for Business tomorrow but the overall ‘direction of travel’ is a positive one.

“The National Governing Bodies of Sport and the Local Sports Partnerships are at the heart of Irish sport and are key to achieving our aim of increasing participation in sport across the population,” said Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin

“This significant investment of almost €30 million will support the implementation of important programmes and activities across a diverse range of sports throughout the country.”

“The sport sector has proven itself to be a resilient and vibrant sector, continuing to deliver increased opportunities for people to participate in sport despite the challenges of recent years. The Government’s increased investment in core funding for 2024, and in recent years, will assist in ensuring the long-term sustainability of our sporting organisations.”

“The overall core funding to National Governing Bodies of Sport has increased by 60% since 2018, from levels of €10.8 million then, to €17.3 million in 2024,” added Minister of State for Sport and Physical Education, Thomas Byrne T.D.

“The continued increase in core funding for sports bodies demonstrates the Government’s commitment to supporting Irish sport and will ensure that sport bodies can continue to provide valuable opportunities for everyone to participate in sport, in line with our National Sports Policy.”

“Around the country, Local Sports Partnerships are doing excellent work in supporting participation in sport and physical activity, at local level. The investment package of €11.4 million announced today will provide continued support to the network of 29 Local Sports Partnership in their local work. The investment of €1 million to support Sport Inclusion Disability Officers at local level will also support the valuable, inclusive work that our Local Sports Partnerships undertake.”

“A record level of investment this year and throughout the Life Cycle of the National Sports Policy demonstrates the Government’s sustained commitment to supporting the development of a strong sport sector,” said Sport Ireland CEO Dr Una May.

“Sport Ireland welcomes this additional investment and is confident the NGBs, LSPs and Funded Bodies will continue to play a vital role as we enter the latter stages of the Government’s National Sports Policy.”

“On behalf of the Sport Ireland board I would like to welcome this crucial investment which will support the continued development of sport in Ireland,” concluded Chair John Foley.

“Our NGBs, LSPs and Funded Bodies are better supported than ever to deliver against broader Government objectives and the importance of sport in society is very much reflected in today’s announcement.”


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