Mayo only got what it was entitled to – Ring
TWO years ago Michael Ring was dubbed 'Minister for Fun' in his native Mayo after it was lavished with funding for sports projects.
Of the €3.15m that Mayo enjoyed from four government departments, the bulk of it, around €2.37m, was processed through Mr Ring's Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.
Overall, the funding amounted to over €24 per head for every man, woman and child in the county. By comparison, Longford was bottom of the pile on €6.95.
Mr Ring strongly disputed that the county was favoured in any way during that period.
Mr Ring was quick out of the traps yesterday, denying Mayo was unfairly favoured in the latest round of grants before anyone even asked the question.
The county got €1.3m and was mid-ranked in the country in terms of funding per head of population.
"The first question I am sure I will be asked is did Mayo get any more than other counties. No they didn't. Mayo got it pro rata. I want to say that loud and clear to the media. Mayo got what it was entitled to get," he said.
Mr Ring said he was bracing himself for criticism from constituents for not getting more for the county.