Independent Cllr. John Paul O’ Shea Welcomes Doubling of Sports Capital Funding By Minister Shane Ross
North Cork Independent Councillor John Paul O’ Shea has welcomed the announcement by Transport, Tourism and Sport Minister Shane Ross that the money available under the Sports Capital Programme has been doubled in Budget 2018 and says that small sporting clubs and facilities will reap the benefits.
Minister Ross said that, when it comes to investment in sport, his Department is thinking big and thinking ahead.
“We will be investing at all levels thanks to the unprecedented funding package for sports infrastructure we secured in the Budget and which will impact right across the country,” the Minister said.
The Sports Capital Programme targets local sporting projects and this year saw the highest ever number of applications received, such is its success.
“In order to meet the hopes of as many of these excellent projects as possible, I am delighted that I have secured extra funding to meet the extraordinary demand. In fact, the funding is being doubled from the original €30m to €60m.”
“And while ensuring that local clubs and organisations around the country are taken care of, we also have an eye to the bigger projects to support the playing and watching of sports.”
“Investing in sports infrastructure to provide state of the art facilities for our elite and aspiring athletes is a key priority for me.”