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Furious Reaction As Huge Cut Made To Sports Funding In 2017 Budget

Gavan Casey
By Gavan Casey
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It was a good day for USC cuts, public service workers and the coveted Rainy Day Fund, but not a great one for sport.

Budget 2017 Sports Funding

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donoghue today announced that sports funding will be cut by a whopping 17% in 2017, following a huge increase last year.

As you might expect, people were appalled by the decision - this following the heavily criticised appointment of Shane Ross as Minister For Sport earlier this year.


It's worth noting that cuts to sport invariably follow Olympic cycles, but that the 2013 budget which immediately followed the London Olympics saw sport cut by just 2.9% - or €1.3 million from the 2012 allocation of €44.5m. This year's 17% reduction seems gargantuan in comparison,

Last year saw sport increased by a massive 40%, with the completion of the National Indoor Arena and the impending Rio Olympics calling for further investment.

It's not all bad news on the sports front, however, as a new round of Sports Capital grants were confirmed for the upcoming year. The Sports Capital Programme provides investment for local projects which promote participation in sport in towns across the country.

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