Saturday 20 January 2018

Finn Harps get bailout as council come to the rescue

FINN Harps' immediate future has been secured -- after Donegal County Council last night passed a motion to give the First Division club €20,000.

The council gave unanimous backing to a motion tabled by Fine Gael councillor Martin Harley and seconded by Fine Gael's Barry O'Neill for the local authority to sanction the funding to the cash-strapped club.

Harps have until December 21 to raise €48,000 or they face the prospect of going out of business and the announcement last night that the council had given their blessing to the allocation of €20,000 is a major shot in the arm for the Ballybofey club.

Over the weekend, club officials confirmed that they had taken in €12,000.

With their 'Monster Draw' event -- which will be attended by former Liverpool and Ireland star Ronnie Whelan -- on the way this weekend, the future of the club will be safeguarded.

Last night's news will enable them to apply for their licence from the FAI by the December deadline.

"We are absolutely delighted that the Donegal County Council has given their backing to Finn Harps and have decided to get behind maintaining senior football in the county," said club chairman Joey O'Leary last night.

Irish Independent

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