The Federation of Irish Sport welcomes the news announced today (Thursday 11/12/14) by Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport, Michael Ring TD, for further funding to sporting bodies and organisations as part of the Supplementary Estimate 2014.
The Estimate provides for funding in a number of areas that will support both our athletes at home and as they travel abroad to compete on the world stage.
- €1 million for equipment for National Governing Bodies of Sport (NGBs).
- €1 million towards the preparation programmes for high performance athletes for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- €80,000 towards the development of a headquarters for the Special Olympics within the National Sports Campus complex.
Minister Ring noted: ‘My Department has been working closely with the Irish Sports Council to finalise a list of NGBs who can avail of funding this year. While details are still being finalised, it is envisaged that this funding will support both elite performance and participation – two key elements of our approach to investment in sport in Ireland. I am pleased that we have secured an extra €1 million in 2014 for this equipment and know the NGBs involved will put the money to very good use’.
“Provision is also being made for additional funds to assist our athletes who are preparing for the Olympics in Rio in 2016. €1 million euro in funding, which will be used for preparation programmes for high performance athletes, will support our Olympian hopefuls in their endeavours as they strive for personal bests and for the honour of representing their country at the highest level.
“As part of stimulus funding announced by Government, €80,000 will go towards the development of a headquarters for the Special Olympics within the National Sports Campus complex. These projects are in addition to other stimulus projects announced last year which included the National Indoor Arena and a new round of Sports Capital funding, all of which are progressing well.