Tuesday 07 August 2018
Yesterday, following the huge success of our women’s hockey team in the World Cup, I made an additional €1.5m available to NGBs preparing for World Championship finals and the Tokyo Olympics.
We are aware that there is an urgent need for additional funding for those preparations, particularly in Sports where our medal hopes are high and the final preparations are crucial and costly. Sport Ireland are aware that certain sports, including hockey, are in need of additional funding. Sport Ireland has been asked to expedite its process to allocate the additional 2018 funding of €1.5m as soon as possible. We expect the funding will be used for direct athlete support, competition support, Tokyo camps and preparations, High Performance programmes support and equipment.
Minister Griffin and I will announce the details of the distribution of the €1.5m as soon as possible, possibly as early as next Monday, once the Board of Sport Ireland have considered and approved the allocations.
Note for Editors
The €1.5m additional sum being made available to Sport Ireland for the Tokyo Olympic Games and World Championship preparations is part of additional funds secured recently. Earlier this year Minister Shane Ross reached agreement with the Board of the Irish Aviation Authority for the payment of an extra €12m dividend to the State. Last week the Minister agreed with the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, that €6m of the funds will be at the discretion of his department. Following the World Cup performance of the Irish women’s hockey team the Minister has allocated €1.5m to Sport Ireland for the above purposes. This money will be spent by the beneficiaries in 2018.