Sports resilience fund applications are currently being assessed with a view to the announcement and distribution of funds to sporting bodies in December.

Minister of State for Sport Jack Chambers confirmed the timetable yesterday in front of a hybrid meeting of the Oireachtas Committee for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Sport and Media.

He also detailed that 1,637 clubs across 28 different local sports partnerships had been paid out in local grants.

Targeted support to counter the “scarring impact” of closures and lockdowns, with particular reference to indoor sport, had been made available and the total support for sport this year across resilience and core funding amounts to €91.5 million.

Alan Dillon TD for Mayo asked what proportion of the Sports funding was provided out of good causes from the National Lottery and also commended the equalisation of grants to female and male Gaelic games players.

“The majority of funding for Sport Ireland comes directly from the exchequer with only a small amount directly from the proceeds of the Lottery,” said the Minister.

“Lottery proceeds go directly into the central fund and sport is one of many areas across multiple departments, that the money goes towards.”

John Treacy was wished the best in his impending retirement by Louth TD, Peter Fitzpatrick who also asked about the audit process on money that was being spent across the sporting landscape.

“John has built a structure almost from scratch and has grown it to where it is today, as a very professional body with an important influence over public policy,” said the Minister who then confirmed that there was a strong process in place to monitor expenditure across all the areas in which it is spent.”


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