Minister Joe O’Brien Welcomes Sport Ireland Investment Package in Fingal

27th October, 2022

Today, Joe O’Brien TD was delighted to see the announcement of the Sport Ireland funding package of €6.1 million. The Dormant Account Funding will be in collaboration with the Local Sports Partnership Network and Cara.

Fingal LSP (Local Sports Partnership) will benefit from a number of grants under this programme. Fingal LSP will receive €40,000 in round 2 of the Community Sports and Physical Activity Hubs (CSPAH) which designed to bring local people together and provide a home for local clubs and sports organisations.

The LSP will also receive funding for Developing Youth Leadership, to the tune of €5,000, €10,000 for Volunteer Sports and €10,500 through Sports Inclusion Ireland which is aimed at reducing barriers to sports participation for people with disabilities.

€82,500 has also been set aside for the Fingal area as part of the Active Cities initiative.

Welcoming the announcement, Joe O’Brien TD said:

“I am delighted to see this announcement of sports funding from Sport Ireland. The funding will massively benefit communities all across the country. Communities such as Fingal. It is an inclusive collection of grants that will be enjoyed by young people, girls and women, people with disabilities and people who are educationally disadvantaged. Inclusion is a fundamental part of sports and that is reflected in this round of funding. The programme will see villages, towns and cities all across Ireland encourage their young people to participate in sports and even develop into roles of sport leadership.  The Active Cities funding will also benefit the entire community as it was created to keep all citizens active, regardless of their age, gender or ability.”

Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, added:

“This latest round of funding for the promotion and development of sport amongst those experiencing disadvantage or with a disability shows the Government’s determination to bring the benefits of sport and physical activity to these marginalised communities. The Programme for Government agreed in 2020 highlighted the importance of putting sport at the heart of a flourishing community and it made a clear commitment to encourage and promote people’s personal health, wellbeing, and physical activity. This €6.1m programme of measures will help to address inequalities in sports participation, in particular among those experiencing socio-economic disadvantage. There is a wide variety of measures being implemented and I am especially pleased about the initiative to get girls more active in sport, too many of whom are still dropping out of sport in their teenage years. I encourage all concerned to actively engage with this exciting programme”