Ring delivers good news as extra €2m found for sports
IRISH organisations who have been steeling themselves for another heavy cut in the sport budget have received the good news that it will be a lot less than expected.
Speaking at Athletics Ireland's annual awards ceremony in Dublin, Michael Ring, the Minister for State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, said his department had managed to claw back some money for the 2014 sports budget in the past month and that "things won't be as bad as you were expecting."
Last month the Sports Council – and by extension all the sports they support – were told their budget would be down by 8pc (€3m) to €40m in 2014.
But the Irish Independent understands that another €2m has been found and that the ISC will only lose €1m this year and Ring's comments appeared to confirm this.
This will be a particularly big relief to those sports that depend largely on the Sports Council for funding, as 2014 will be the sixth year in a row that their grants have been cut and sports funding is already down 25pc on what it was in 2006.