Irish Sport believes it can have a major role to play in rebuilding both the nation’s confidence and also the economy.
A delegation representing the governing bodies of the 74 National Sports Governing Bodies (“NGBS”) in Ireland met with Mr Leo Varadkar TD, Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport and Mr Michael Ring TD, Minister of State for Tourism and Sport to present the case for Sport as a catalyst in restoring the country’s good name and also its finances.
The meeting with the Ministers comes against a background which has seen sport’s funding cut for the past two years and with further cuts already indicated for the next three years. Currently the total figure (2011) invested in Sport is €86.4 million which includes €46.7 million distributed to the various sports through the Irish Sports Council. The balance in the main consists of capital funding to meet grant commitments made in previous years. This figure contrasts with the 2008 high €141.83 million.