Stop keeping local sports groups in limbo – Munster
Sinn Féin Spokesperson for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Imelda Munster TD, this week raised the issue of confusion amongst sports clubs regarding whether funding would be released under the Sports Capital Grants scheme in 2016.
Questioning the Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan TD on the matter, Deputy Munster asked him had a decision been made on whether funding would be allocated this year, as no indication has been given by Minister O’Donovan or by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Shane Ross TD to date.
Deputy Munster said:
“Sports groups around the country are anxious to know whether or not this funding will be available to them this year. At a recent Transport Committee meeting Minister Ross said that this was a political decision to be taken by himself and the Minister for State. We’re into July now and no decision has been made. Are the Ministers trying to drag out the year so that the next announcement will be for 2017?
“These grants are of huge importance to sports clubs, and it’s not fair to leave them unsure as to what funding is available this year. I can’t understand why you cannot give us a date so that clubs know whether there is funding or not.
“The Programme for Government commits to annualising this grant. If we don’t see it this year, Ministers Ross and O’Donovan will have broken that promise.”