The Federation of Irish Sport, which represents 71 National Governing Bodies of Sport & 28 Local Sports Partnerships, submitted its pre-budget submission on 27th September to government buildings.
The main proposals are to halt the previous five years of cuts, which have seen Government support for Irish sport reduced by 33%, and for an additional €1 per citizen to be invested in sporting projects across the country. This extra money has been earmarked to “create indigenous and sustainable jobs immediately”.
€3m of the additional €4.58m raised in the federation’s proposal would be directed into job creation, with the remainder used to “fund relevant and target programmes to get more people physically active”.
According to a 2012 EU Study on the contribution of Sport to Economic Growth & Employment there are roughly 40,000 jobs supported by sport in Ireland.