Sports Council grants vary widely for Katie Taylor and Derval O'Rourke
IRELAND'S medal winners from last summer's in boxing have received the highest grants in this year's Irish Sports Council (ISC) carding scheme allocations.
In total, five boxers have been allocated the maximum €40,000 Podium award - including the four London 2012 medal winners Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Michael Conlan and Paddy Barnes, and the European light heavyweight champion Joe Ward.
This year's funding saw a significant fall in the total amount available to athletes under the scheme - dropping from €2.34m in 2012 to €1.7 million this year.
One of the leading Irish athletes, Derval O’Rourke, is ranked in the third International category of awards and was allocated just €12,000
This is the same amount allocated to Ken Egan, the Beijing Olympic silver medallist, even though he recently announced his retirement.
Overall an investment package of €33 million was announced with €19.3 million going to the governing bodies, €5.1 million to local sports and €8.6 million to High Performance sports.