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Ministers finalising separate football funding mechanisms

The Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport, Shane Ross TD, today confirmed that on foot of the findings of the KOSI report, received this week, the Government will not be in a position to reinstate State funding to the FAI in the near future.


The Minister said, however, that both he and Minister of State, Brendan Griffin TD, have been working closely with Sport Ireland to create alternative mechanisms to deliver much needed support for deserving sports clubs and teams around the country.


The Ministers confirmed that football clubs continue to receive significant on-going funding through the State Sports Capital Programme.


Minister Ross said: “More immediately, in tandem with Sport Ireland, we are finalising a proposal to fund the Women’s National team and players via a trusted independent third party. This proposal, which was approved in principle by the board of Sport Ireland last month, will be concluded and agreed in the coming days.”