Ministers announce increase in Sport Ireland Budget for 2017

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Ministers announce increase in Sport Ireland Budget for 2017

The Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD and the Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Patrick O’Donovan TD, today announced an increase of €1.775m in funding for Sport Ireland for 2017.

Minister Ross said “I am delighted to be able to provide additional funding of €1.775m for Sport Ireland from within my Department’s existing budget. I am committed to delivering an improved situation for Irish sport and this additional funding will enable Sport Ireland to deliver important new measures for sport next year.”

Minister of State O’Donovan said “This is an important increase in Sport Ireland’s budget for 2017. It means that Sport Ireland can deliver on critical new initiatives in 2017 to support ladies football and camogie players, to develop sport at local level through the employment of Development Officers and to bring the National Indoor Arena into operation.”

The additional funding of €1.775m is being made available from within the Department’s existing budget and is being provided to allow Sport Ireland to meet commitments relating to:

·         Support for Inter-County Ladies Football and Camogie Players

·         Increased operational costs arising from the completion of the National Indoor Arena

·         Employment of Development Officers in Local Sports Partnerships.

In addition, a further €0.5m is being provided in 2017 for an increase in Dormant Accounts Funding for sports initiatives for disadvantaged communities as well as a further €0.7m provided in 2017 for an increase in grant funding to the Gaelic Players Association (GPA).