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Next minister must completely change how sport is funded in Ireland - and which sports get the money

Eamonn Sweeney


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Adella Randle El of Pyrobel Killester has her shot blocked by Aryn McClure of Singleton Supervalu Brunell during the recent Hula Hoops Paudie O'Connor National Cup final. Photo: Brendan Moran

Adella Randle El of Pyrobel Killester has her shot blocked by Aryn McClure of Singleton Supervalu Brunell during the recent Hula Hoops Paudie O'Connor National Cup final. Photo: Brendan Moran

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Adella Randle El of Pyrobel Killester has her shot blocked by Aryn McClure of Singleton Supervalu Brunell during the recent Hula Hoops Paudie O'Connor National Cup final. Photo: Brendan Moran

Irish basketball is hopping mad and it's got every right to be.

The government's €30m bailout of the FAI has stirred memories of what happened when Basketball Ireland found itself a mere €1.4m in debt back in 2008. No bailout was forthcoming then so the governing body had to scrap its international teams for six years and lay off half its employees. To add insult to injury the sport was disallowed from applying for capital funding for five years.

Basketball Ireland Chief Executive Bernard O'Byrne has revealed that they get an annual €750,000 from Sport Ireland which is €200,000 less than ten years ago, although association membership has grown by 65 percent in that time.