Updated: 13/10/16 : 07:10:51Printable Version
Fine Gael TD for Sligo – Leitrim, Tony McLoughlin has welcomed the announcement of the re-introduction of the Sports Capital Programme in Budget 2017.
“Budget 2017 will fund the re-introduction of the Sports Capital Programme, which is a really welcome development for sports clubs and organisations throughout the country” stated McLoughlin.
“I am advised that in total there will be €52 million in capital funding for the overall sports capital programme in 2017 and I ensure to lobby Minister Patrick O’ Donovan and Shane Ross very hard to ensure that clubs and organisations in Sligo – Leitrim get their fair share of this funding”.
“The Sports Capital Grants were re-instated by the last Fine Gael Government in 2012 after they’d been cut by Fianna Fáil as a response to the economic crash.
“€19 million has already been paid out this year to the clubs and groups that received funding under previous rounds of the Programme, including many local sporting clubs and organisations here in Sligo and Leitrim.
“It is crucial we invest in sport and the health of our population. We know that obesity is on the rise. Investing in sport is good for the health of the nation, both literally and economically, saving our health service money in the future.
“Budget 2017 is another stepping stone in Fine Gael’s plan to use a strong economy to help make people’s lives better. Thanks to the careful economic management of recent years we now have the resources to target investments in key public services that will make a real difference to people and families. Sport is just one of the key areas in which we can invest to improve people’s lives.”