Fine Gael Senator for Clare, Tony Mulcahy has welcomed the allocation of €29.1 million for the Sports Capital Programme announced in Budget 2015.
Senator Mulcahy said the funding will allow for 1,130 payments to sports clubs and institutions across the country. He added that the Sport Capital Programme allows for significant investment in local economies, which has a knock-on effect in creating local jobs.
“I would encourage sports clubs and institutions to apply for this funding and to invest in the future of their communities. Expanding local services should also be more attractive now in light of the recent announcement by Minister Simon Harris which meant that commercial rates will no longer apply to sporting clubs with bars or other commercial properties, expect for the commercial element of the club,” he stated.
Senator Mulcahy added: “The Irish people have made huge sacrifices to get the country to this point. Those sacrifices are starting to bear fruit but we acknowledge that many people have not yet felt the benefits of a recovering economy in their daily lives. The Sports Capital Programme is an extremely effective way of bringing investment into local communities and this funding is very much to be welcomed.”