Irish Sports Council boosts funding by €1m as preparations for Rio grow
Almost €20m in funding will be provided to amateur athletes preparing for the Rio 2016 Olympics and grassroots sporting organisations this year.
The figure, which is a boost of €1m on 2014, includes €8.16m to support Ireland's effort at the Olympics and €10.85m for 59 National Governing Bodies.
Some €600,000 has been set aside for the Women in Sport programme in 2015, with €250,000 allocated to our participation in the Special Olympics in Los Angeles in July.
Sport Minister Michael Ring also announced a third round of the Sports Capital Programme, and said he was working with Finance Minister Michael Noonan to finalise a budget.
The €19.6m in funding does not include investment in field sports, which includes the GAA, FAI and IRFU, an announcement for which is expected to take place in March.
The funding for National Governing Bodies will be spent on youth development and not on senior county teams, chairman of the Irish Sports Council Kieran Mulvey.
Up to 1.7m Irish people participate in some form of sport on a regular basis, according to the council.
Mr Ring said the investment represented a "substantial commitment from the Irish Government to the National Governing Bodies of Sport in Ireland".