Hockey to re­ceive ‘six-fig­ure sum’

The Irish Times - - Home News - SARAH BAR­DON

Hockey will be awarded a six-fig­ure fund­ing boost as part of an ad­di­tional ¤1.5 mil­lion be­ing an­nounced for Olympic prepa­ra­tions to­day.

Min­is­ter for Transport Shane Ross will out­line the al­lo­ca­tion of fund­ing for more than 10 sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions with row­ing, sail­ing, athletics, par­a­lympics and the Olympic Coun­cil of Ire­land all set to ben­e­fit.

Mr Ross had pledged the money in re­sponse to the achieve­ments of the women’s hockey team at the World Cham­pi­onships last month.

Se­nior sources said hockey would re­ceive a “healthy six-fig­ure sum”, amount­ing to hun­dreds of thou­sands, as part of the dis­tri­bu­tion.

The fund­ing, which will be awarded and dis­trib­uted by Sport Ire­land, must be spent this year by all bod­ies ben­e­fit­ing.

It is ex­pected to be di­rected to­wards ath­lete sup­port, com­pe­ti­tion sup­port, Tokyo

camps and prepa­ra­tions, high per­for­mance pro­grammes, sup­port and equip­ment.

The Ir­ish Times un­der­stands the money has been drawn from a ¤12 mil­lion dividend from the Ir­ish Avi­a­tion Author­ity (IAA).

Un­der an ar­range­ment reached with the Depart­ment of Fi­nance ear­lier this year, ¤6 mil­lion was given to the ex­che­quer and ¤6 mil­lion was given to the Depart­ment of Transport.

Of the money given to the depart­ment, ¤1.5 mil­lion will be al­lo­cated to sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions to as­sist with Olympic prepa­ra­tion.

The Min­is­ter had come un­der pres­sure to clar­ify where the funds were com­ing from af­ter mak­ing the an­nounce­ment at the home­com­ing of the hockey team last week.

Ire­land had been the sec­ond-low­est ranked of the 16 teams go­ing into the World Cham­pi­onships in Lon­don.

It reached the fi­nals of the tour­na­ment but was de­feated by the Nether­lands.

Shane Ross will out­line fund­ing for more than 10 sport­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions

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