Fine Gael Welcome Sports Capital Programme Funding

The Budget 2015 has allocated €29.1 million for the Sports Capital Programme, in a move that Fine Gael TD for Dublin Fingal, Alan Farrell, has said shows the government's commitment to a healthy Ireland.

Commending Minister for Sport, Michael Ring, Minister Farrell said the money would allow for 1,130 payments to sports clubs and institutions across the country.

"This funding is a terrific boost for clubs and confirms the Government’s commitment to healthy living," Minister Farrell said.

Adding: "This funding presents a third opportunity for clubs to seek funding under the present Government. Since taking office we have recognised the importance of sport in Irish life and we have proven our dedication to supporting the volunteers who keep our sports clubs going.

"Investment in sport is extremely important as it also helps to tackle childhood obesity and it promotes healthy living. A study published on the online journal BMC Public Health tells us that childhood obesity has plateaued since 2008 but one in four children in Ireland are still overweight or obese. This is a very real problem and additional funding in our sports institutions is extremely important in tackling the obesity problem.

"The Sport Capital Programme allows for significant investment in local economies and this has a knock-on effect in creating local jobs."


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