14 February 2022
By Tom Collins
Fianna Fáil TD for Cork North West, Michael Moynihan, has welcomed the announcement of a bumper Sports Capital grant for Cork.
Minister for Sport Jack Chambers announced a record €150 million in funding for local sports clubs across the country with over €13.9m in grants to be allocated to Cork.
The Sports Capital and Equipment Programme is the primary vehicle for Government support for the development of sports and recreation facilities and the purchase of non-personal sports equipment throughout the country.
Welcoming the announcement, Deputy Moynihan commented, “I’m delighted to see such a strong investment in grassroots sports from this Government, and particularly happy to see such a strong investment in Co Cork.
“I’ve been engaging closely with both Minister Chambers and local clubs to ensure the best possible outcome for Cork. It is great to see crowds back at big sporting events in recent weeks but our key focus is to get as many people participating as possible.
“I’m delighted to see such a strong focus in supporting grassroots sport in communities. Volunteer clubs in towns and villages across the county will be able to deliver really important projects aimed at improving participation across the board, providing enhanced facilities for clubs with strong female participation and supporting clubs active in disadvantaged communities.
“The record level funding allocation announced today was achieved with the support of my party colleague and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Michael McGrath. It reflects Government’s ongoing support to sport during the pandemic as it emerges from the challenges of the past two years.
“It also reflects the funding challenges facing clubs across the country and the vital role that sport plays in supporting community and individual wellbeing, a role that came into sharp focus during the pandemic.
“Finally, I have been advised by Minister Chambers that all unsuccessful applicants will be given the opportunity to appeal the Department’s decision and information in this regard will be made available to them by the Department.”