Half of all applications for funding 'invalid'
“And we did ‘penalise’ by 10 per cent counties that had done well in recent years. But there was a very wide range of projects, and we tried to vary it as much as much as possible by sports, and by regions, urban and rural.” Allocations were made by county, first, and population, with the weighting then made for past performance. Dublin, inevitably, gets the largest allocation of the 26 counties, with €6,627,666, followed by Cork €3,088,230), Galway (€1,434,566) and Meath (€1,252,117), down to Leitrim, who got the smallest allocation of just €180,188.
In Dublin’s case, so many applicants were invalid that all those who were valid received at least some assistance.
Mayo projects will get €777,293, including €200,000 to Westport United soccer club, which Ring last year said “badly deserves” a new home: however Ring denied any preferential treatment for his own constituency. “We had €18.5 million worth of projects come in from Mayo. So it won’t be the credit for the ones I gave it to. It will be the abuse I’m going to get from the ones that didn’t get it. I know the expectation is out there, because of previous ministers, that every single application that came in from Mayo was going to be grant aided.”
Other projects receiving the maximum €300,000 allocation include the new all-weather playing fields in Dublin’s Marlay Park, the Man O’War GFC and McKelvey Celtic FC, also in Dublin; while in Kerry, the Duagh Sports Complex gets €200,000; in Kildare the Maynooth/Barnhall RFC gets €129,000; and in Wicklow, Bray Town Council will receive €190,000 to improve facilities in Ballywaltrim, including Katie Taylor’s boxing gym.
Bray Boxing Club already got a round of €25,000 in funding earlier this year, part of the special €1.25 million in funding that benefited 57 boxing clubs around the country. A further allocation of €4 million will be announced in the coming weeks for non-local projects, such as national or regional facilities, but after that there is no assurances of any further such funding until 2015.
“Sport has been the one bright spark in this country over the last few years,” said Ring, “and sport also brings great benefit to the economy. For every euro we spend on facilities, we get something like €1.26 back.”
He denied reports over the weekend of a €4.6 million cut in Irish Sports Council funding in the upcoming budget, although some cut was likely, and also hoped the GAA’s player-grant scheme could continue.
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